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Shalit Freed

‘I very much hope that this deal will advance peace,’ soldier tells Egyptian TV after five years in Hamas captivity; he’s now safe in Israel

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After Shalit Deal, Joy Muffled by Reluctance

The cost is staggering, the reward inarticulable

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U.S. Prisoner Unsung Player in Shalit Affair

It seems likely that Egypt bargained Israeli-American away as well

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‘A Normal Family’

Yoel Shalit expresses relief and joy about his brother’s pending release, while Israelis mostly celebrate at the family’s Jerusalem encampment

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Everyone’s Son

In opposing the mass release of terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit’s freedom, I felt as if I was betraying my own son

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Moving On

The movement to free Gilad Shalit, the long-captive IDF soldier soon coming home, was a necessary precursor to this summer’s protests in Israel

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Crossed

The deadly crackdown on protesting Egyptian Copts marks a turning point in the military’s post-Mubarak rule. Is this what democracy looks like?

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Deal for Shalit Signed

UPDATED: Israeli soldier has been in captivity in Gaza for more than five years; deal reached with Egyptian mediation

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Daybreak: Ford Confirmed As Envoy

Plus Congress halts some aid to Palestinians, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Mad Mel Makes Maccabee?

Plus mysterious goings-on with Egypt, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Ho-Hum Homs

Plus Galliano convicted, tent protests tested, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Terrorism, Threats in Israel

Plus, Syria heads for civil war, Gilad’s birthday, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Attack in Southern Israel Kills 5

Plus, U.S. prepares to call for Assad to step down, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Hariri Indictments Revealed

Plus AJC controversy, movement (maybe) on Shalit, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Syria on Security Council Docket

Plus the flotilla to take to the air, and more in the news

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Sundown: We Can Talk About It Now?

Plus, a dispatch from the flotilla, the properly sized bagel, and more

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Sundown: Hamas Refuses Red Cross Request

Plus, teens text on Shabbat, Apple pulls ‘Third Intifada’ app, and more

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Daybreak: Syrian Peace Presently Off the Table

Plus A’jad’s dangerous game, Galliano in court, and more in the news

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Games

This week in Israel: Shalit’s family stages a different kind of protest, Mossad speculates on war with Iran, and Maccabi fans get stranded at the airport

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Deals

This week in Israel: Bin Laden makes waves, Hamas and Fatah sign a deal, a former president prepares for prison, and El Al’s first female captain takes off

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News of a Kidnapping

Israelis are clamoring for the release of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier abducted nearly five years ago, but is the prisoner swap demanded by his Hamas captors too high a price to pay?

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On Reconciliation, ‘The Devil Is in the Details’

ICG’s Nathan Thrall talks to Tablet Magazine

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Sundown: Goldstone Report Stays, Says U.N.

Plus Peres and Obama talk Pollard, and more

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Dylan Plays Israel: A Suggested Setlist

Appropriate songs for his Tel Aviv gig

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Daybreak: Giffords’ Medicine

Plus, Gilad Shalit proposal, and more in the news

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Sundown: Mubarak Just Asking For It

Plus the Jewish fallen, the stymied Schalit deal, and more

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Nine Lives

Grinning through each reversal, the ever-bumbling, deeply unpopular Ehud Barak maneuvers to remain a political force in Israel and its leading voice to the West

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Daybreak: ‘Gabby Opened Her Eyes’

Plus confidence on Iran, flailing on Lebanon, and more in the news

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Sundown: U.S. Slams Western Wall Slur

Plus START supporters hone in on AIPAC, and more

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Abducted

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