Live: Gilad Shalit arrives in Israel

The prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas that included  the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, after 1941 days in captivity, is underway. Watch the live coverage in Israel Channel 2 TV, by clicking “Play” (bottom left) on the window below:


7AM EDT: Gilad is meeting his parents after landing at Tel-Nof Airbase.

Gilad Shalit hugs his father Noam as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu looks on.

At approx. 530AM EDT, Egyptian television aired the first interview with Gilad Shalit after his release:


Below is the first video of Gilad’s release (while still on the Egyptian side of the border).



Gilad’s first phone call to his parents since his release.


One of the first images of Gilad’s release, at the Kerem Shalom border crossing.


Aviva and Noam Shalit

Gilad’s parents, Aviva and Noam Shalit, during a July 2010 rally for his release.