Israel Exchanges 20 Prisoners for Video of Long Held Captive Soldier

October 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A video of Sergeant Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, held captive by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas for the past three years shows, him healthy and speaking lucidly to the camera. Sergeant Shalit has been held captive since he was seized in a cross-border raid by Hamas and dragged into Gaza in June 2006. The 2 minutes of video footage was first viewed by Israeli military officials, who checked its authenticity. Gilad was holding a newspaper dated Sept 14, to verify the timeframe of the recording, said one official who saw the video.Recorded images of Gilad Shalit, 23, were handed over in exchange for Israel’s release of 20 Palestinian women from its jails. Nineteen have already been released, while a 20th prisoner is expected to be released on Sunday to complete the deal. One of the woman, Fatima Younis Zaq, 45, brought home a 20-month-old boy born in prison to a joyful reception in Gaza. Ironically Zaq who is reportedly affiliated with the extremist group Islamic Jihad, was arrested in May 2007 on her way into Israel, charged with having undergone military training and planning a suicide bombing.  The swap with Hamas, brokered by German and Egyptian diplomacy, could be a step towards a larger prisoner exchange and the release of Shalit, one of Israel’s top priorities since his capture in a June 2006 cross-border raid.  According to The Jerusalem Post, Hamas will try to use a Schalit swap to gain votes in the upcoming Palestinian Authority electionsEarlier this week, Hamas announced that it had accepted an Egyptian proposal to hold presidential and parliamentary elections, initially scheduled for January, sometime in the first half of 2010.


One Response to “Israel Exchanges 20 Prisoners for Video of Long Held Captive Soldier”

  1. Chris Brown on October 2nd, 2009 5:48 pm

    Cool another way to corrupt our kids stupid games…

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