Today is a truly joyous day in Israel. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier taken hostage over 5 years ago by the Palestinians, has been released today, in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinian terrorists. I'm really not going to comment on the politics of this deal. There is really no right answer. I am just happy that Gilad is home. I am happy to live in a Jewish state, that values life so much. The entire country is just so happy right now. Signs like these have been put up all over Jerusalem.
I just watched Gilad's first TV interview. He seems to be in relatively OK shape, although he is definitely overwhelmed, breathing heavily and not really sure what to answer. I really thought he would be much worse off, so I'm happy to see him at least physically OK.
Regardless of how anyone feels about the deal, it's a true simcha to have Gilad back home.