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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 06:07 PM
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Shalit's condition leaves Israel second-guessing delay in his release
Sheera Frenkel McClatchy Newspapers

JERUSALEM One day after Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home after five years in captivity in the Gaza Strip, a deep sense of dissatisfaction settled over Israel Wednesday as questioning began of why it took so long for negotiators to win his release.

The emotion of the second-guessing was heightened by Shalit's obviously fragile physical condition upon his return. He clearly had been kept from sunshine for years. In addition, doctors who are treating him reported that the wounds he suffered when he was captured in 2006 had been "incorrectly treated" while he was a prisoner and that he appeared to have been confined in a manner that prevented him from exercising, adding to his weakness.

Israelis who watched Shalit emerge from his captivity expressed shock at his gaunt and pale form.

Israeli soldier Shalit probably spent years under ground, doctors say "Why did he have to wait this long?" asked Ohad Kerner, one of the activists who had fought for his release.

"From what we are hearing, it seems like maybe he could have come home sooner. It was just that the leaders weren't ready to make a deal," she said.

The Shalits, according to those close to them, also are upset over reports that a deal could have been reached sooner, though they have refrained from criticizing the government publicly.

Others wondered why, if Israeli officials were going to agree to release more than 1,000 prisoners, they hadn't gone ahead and done so years ago as reports surfaced that such a deal had been negotiated before and rejected.



Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/10/19/1784888/shalits-condition-leaves-israel.html#ixzz1bGvDHgFk
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 06:38 PM
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1. Praise God
He's home. Sad about his poor condition.
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 06:46 PM
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2. Hamas had to wait because theyhad to fatten him up for public viewing. Well,God bless
Edited on Wed Oct-19-11 06:46 PM by demosincebirth
the young man for enduring.
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shaayecanaan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 08:26 PM
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3. Spare a thought for this poor bastard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowe_Bergdahl

Held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network since 2009. The US is not negotiating for his release and says that they don't do deals with terrorists. The Talian are asking for 21 prisoners to be freed in exchange for his release, which seems a bargain compared with what Hamas asked and received in exchange for Shalit.

I doubt that even one percent of the US population (including political leaders) could even recall this guy's name. They sure do care for their enlisted men over in the good old US of A.

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