Hamas Releases Video of Captive Israeli Soldier

Sept. 14 footage of Shalit obtained in trade for Palestinian prisoners
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 12:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Imprisoned Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit appears healthy and talkative in a video released to the Israeli government by his captors in exchange for 20 Palestinian prisoners. In the video, Shalit talks of wanting to return home after his 3-year detention and holds up a copy of a newspaper dated September 14. The terms of the deal—that the tape be at least a minute long, be recent, and show Shalit talking—appear to have been satisfied, the Jerusalem Post reports.

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Nineteen of the prisoners demanded in the deal have already been released. “I have been hoping and waiting for the day of my release for a long time,” an apparently calm Shalit says on the tape. “I hope the current government under Binyamin Netanyahu will not waste the chance to finalize a deal.” For his part, a spokesman says, Netanyahu “believes the importance of the tape is in putting the responsibility for Gilad's health and wellbeing squarely on Hamas's shoulders.” (Read more Gilad Shalit stories.)

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