Earlier tonight PM Netanyahu called an emergency government session to approve a deal reached to release Gilad in exchange for 1000 palestinians prisoners.
As I write these words I still find this hard to believe. It's been 5 years since Gilad was captured by Hamas. 5 years almost without contact. 5 years in which he brutally grew up and became a man.
Through out these years there has been plenty of discussion for and against a prisoner exchange deal. But now that a deal has been reached we need to see Gilad return home as soon as possible. We need to put aside our differences and support this deal because Gilad is the son of Israel.
Look at this video - this is Gilad. He is not a symbol, he is a young man and after serving his country he deserves to come home to his family. Israel is strong enough to deal with the risks involved, and Israel's strength relies on soldiers knowing their lives are highly valued by the Jewish state.
Gilad Shalit is coming home.. Let this be true.