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You're watching GMT on BBC World news. We've seen Binyamin Netanyahu,

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the Israel leader speaking, about the release of Gilad Shalit, the

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Israeli prisoner, who has been released in scaiping for 1,000

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Palestinian prisoners. -- exchange. Welcome to this

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special edition of GMT. I'm Naga Munchetty. We welcome our viewers

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in the UK toe our extended coverage of events in the Middle East, where

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been released from Hamas captivity

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and reunited with his family. And I'm Geeta Guru-Murthy. The

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Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been released and is now on Israeli

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soil. He'd been held captive in Gaza for more than five years. His

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release is in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

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TransI always believed that the day will come when I will find myself

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It's lunchtime in London, 7.30am in New York and 1.30pm in the

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Palestinian territories and Israel, and this is where Gilad Shalit, the

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young soldier kidnapped by Hamas in a cross-border raid five years ago

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has just made his way home. He was released in exchange for more than

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a thousand Palestinian prisoners. The first few hundred of those have

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already been welcomed back do Gaza and ram la. We'll bring you full

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story of this remarkable day. We'll be live at the Israeli air base,

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but first this report from Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

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This fleeting glimps the first the outside world has seen of Shalit in

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more than five years. The young Israeli soldier looks tired and

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thin and had trouble speaking. Obviously I missed my family a lot

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and my friends, and I missed might normal people to talk to, to tell

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them about my experiences through captive. Very a lot to do when I'm

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free. In Gaza City huge crowds gathered from early this morning to

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welcome back the Palestinian prisoners. Buses loaded with some

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of the 477 Palestinians wait for the swap to begin. Some of these

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prisoners were serving multiple life sentences, convicted of taking

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part in murders and bombings of civilian targets inside Israel.

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Some now will be allowed to stay in Gaza. But a few, those Israel

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considers most dangerous, are being sent into exile A village in the

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far north of Israel Gilad Shalit's family are told it is time to go.

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Finally they are on their way to meet their son. This is what we've

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all been waiting for today, this is the helicopter carrying Gilad

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Shalit back from the Egyptian border back to be reunited with his

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family at the Tel Nof air base. That will end a five-year trauma

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for him and his family, and close an open wound for millions of

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Israelis who send their sons and daughters to the military and live

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in fear of something similar happening to them Gaza there is

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real joy at the return of hundreds of men and a few women who've spent

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years or decades in Israeli prisons. Their release will not bring an end

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to that conflict which has gone on for more than 60 years.

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Let's speak now to Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malka

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was killed ten years ago, when a pizzeria was blown up in Jerusalem.

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The woman who drove the bomb tore the location is being released

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today. Of course, this is going to spark high emotions among this

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gentleman, Arnold Roth will be speaking to us from our Jerusalem

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studio. Can you hear me? Yes, I can, thank you. Thank you for joining me

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today. This is a highly emotional day for you, I imagine. How do you

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and your family feel today about the events? There's a considerable

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amount of emotional turmoil watching the prisoners go free, and

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in particular knowing that our daughter's murderer, who was

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sentenced to 16 life terms and has been in jail for 8 years saying the

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whole time she is going to go free is going to go free today. She's

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never regretted anything she did, so the feeling today is awful.

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heard Binyamin Netanyahu justifying and explaining the process of this

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deal and how he arrived at the conclusion that this is a

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reasonable deal - 1 Israeli soldier for 1,000 Palestinians. Have you

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heard his reasoning? Yes, I have heard the reasoning before and I

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think you would probably have to be a politician to be able to come to

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terms with that kind of reasoning. I remember a book on the art of how

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you manage government in the face of terrorism. The conclusion that

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books reachs are the opposite of what Mr Binyamin Netanyahu has been

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speaking about. He wrote that book. If you are not a politician and are

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simply the father of children, as I am, and one of your children has

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been murdered, blown up in an act of hatred, you look at this

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differently. I'm sitting here not because I expect to get my daughter

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back, and not because I'm emotional, but because having experienced this

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I'm sufficiently motivated, as is my wife, so get up and say, "Ladies

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and gentlemen, this was never about one soldier alone, it was something

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much larger, which involve it is our entire society." If the Prime

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Minister thinks we are better off now, that is something that would

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be worth discussing. No-one from the Government has discussed

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anything with us, or anyone else I know, throughout this process.

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Roth, can I ask you how you feel seeing the pictures of the

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celebrations that have been taking place, with the Palestinian

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prisoners being released? Do you think that's a really inappropriate

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reaction or is it just human emotion? It goes well beyond

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inappropriate, but the real question is whether the

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appropriateness is inappropriate to the centre of London or some other

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civilised place, or to the context in which it was happening. When

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high daughter was murdered in 2001 we were sent pictures of men

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dancing on the streets of many capitals can. And then we saw a

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replica of the restaurant where my daughter was killed, complete with

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tomato sauce on the walls and body parts made out of I don't know what.

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Inappropriate is not really part of our lexicon. It is clear we are

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dealing with a profound hatred which scact rises terrorism

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wherever it o curse, and there is no point in expecting civilised

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behaviour or even behaviour that the rest of us can understand.

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Arnold Roth, thank you. Earlier we got a sense of the

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celebrations under way in Gaza and also of the mixed feelings in

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Israel, following the release of Gilad Shalit. Israelis who are

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opposed to the exchange pointed out the background of some of the

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Palestinian prisoners released One of the 27 women freed, a former

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TV journalist, drove a suicide bomber to a restaurant, part of an

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attack which killed 15 people. Walid Abdel Hadi Aqel was charged

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with murder and other offences for with murder and other offences for

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which he was serving 16 life innocences. We are joined by the

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Israeli ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub. Thank you for joining

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us. Not at all. Why has Israel agreed this release? It's been, as

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the Prime Minister said, an agonising decision, a decision

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that's accompanied us over five years and four months since Gilad

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Shalit was taken into captivity. One of the reasons it is so painful

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is precisely what you've been talking about, the fact that the

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people going free are people who are responsible for some absolutely

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brutal atrocities. They are going into if arms of people who are

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welcoming them as heroes. In Arabic I heard the chants, "We want

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another Gilad Shalit.". Is this should not just political gain for

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the Government? I don't think it's a political decision at all, but a

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human decision. On the other side toef equation, pretty much everyone

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in Israel has been touched bay terrorist atrocity, friends and

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family and so on, we have a society where sadly everybody is also

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touched by the need to serve in the armed forces. The fact is the only

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thing between these terrorists and our homes and our children are our

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young men and women who have to defend ourselves. The message that

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we send, that we will do everything possible to bring these people home,

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is an extremely important message for the young people in Israel to

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hear. How you strike to balance between sending that message

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between doing everything you can to fulfil your commitment to those

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young people but not endanger future potential victim victims of

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terrorist attacks is exscruesiating. Is Israel backed into a corner

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because of the changing glds the region? Hamas, the reason that

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Hamas changed its criteria for the deal and became more flexible is

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because they were really under pressure. The fact is the people of

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Gaza see their neighbours with the Arab Spring claiming basic rights

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and freedoms they would like to have for themselves. We see Hamas's

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popularity was in a down slide. That's the reason why they agreed

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to terms Israel had been sinnisting on for a number of years and that

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deal became possible. We heard the leader, Binyamin Netanyahu, talk

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about Egypt this this deal. How important has that role been?

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did play a very important role. After different international

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mediators tried to move this ahead, Egypt, which does have a

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relationship with Hamas and has concerns about Hamas, was able to

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put the pieces together. Obviously we would like to to be a

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springboard for deepening our relations with Egypt. It's a

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crucial potential partner for news the region. Because things are so

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much in a state of flux in Egypt we have to hope for the best.

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power of negotiation going forward between Israel, Hamas and Fatah.

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That again is another important part of the pulz. Ideally we don't

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want to give any additional legitimacy to Hamas, which is

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totally opposed to any peace deal. We have no interest in giving

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legitimacy to them. If we could, we loo like to strengthen the

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Palestinian Authority leader, President Abbas, who we like like

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to join us at the negotiating table. The fact is this is really a

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demonstration of the fact that as much as President Abbas would like

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to claim to be the head of what he would like to be a state, large

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areas in the Gaza Strip are not under Palestinian control but Hamas

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control. You can tell us more about the security deal that's been done,

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allegedly? Binyamin Netanyahu is warning that any of the militants

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freed will be punished if they return to violence. How is that

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going to be policed? One of the aspects of the deal is that a lot

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of these releases are not blanket releases but are subject to various

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conditions. There are some people that are going to remain under

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various forms of house detention or within particular areas, some are

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going to be expelled from the area and not allowed back These are the

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reasons why I think Israel's defence establishment, the Chief of

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Staff, the head of intelligence, have come out in support of the

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deal. As difficult as it is, I think that's one of the things that

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have given the Israeli people... They are 100% sure this deal can be

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enforced with 100%? The situation we are facing is so complex that we

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have to made difficult, calculated risks. We have to try to do that

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where on the one hand we are giving consideration to the genuine

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security concerns of victims of terrorism and society as a whole,

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and on the other hand recognising the fact that here is an Israeli

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young man who at the request of his society went out to defend his

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country and we have an obligation to try and bring him home. You are

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talking about trust now between the two parties. Gilad Shalit said

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during an interview earlier that he wanted all Palestinian prisoners

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released. I actually heard that interview. What he did say, he

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would love to see all Palestinian prisoners released if there was a

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situation where they couldn't revert to terrorism and attack

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Israel. That's something that reflects the broad feeling of all

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people in Israel. We don't have any interest in arresting people trying

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to kills and keep them in prison. We would like to have two

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prosperous neighbouring societies. Unfortunately that isn't the

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situation at the moment. At the moment 07% of Israelis are in

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support of this deal and 30% against. How are you going to

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reassure them that future imbalanced deals aren't on the

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cards? I don't think the statistics reflect the complexity of the issue.

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I think every Israeli is torn about this. I think every Israeli today

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is thinking on the one hand of their children, of young people

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they know who are defending the country, and on the other hand

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thinking of people they know killed in acts of terrorism, and trying

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too find the most responsible way of moving ahead in this environment.

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Mr Netanyahu said he feared if a deal wasn't being done they could

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have lost Gilad Shalit forever. What did he mean by that, do you

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know? Every Israeli has in the back of their mind and Binyamin

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Netanyahu said explicitly, we have Israelis captured by organisations

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in the past who've disappeared from the face of the earth and we have

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never heard of them again. An Air Force person was lost. One of the

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shock Hamas techniques was to show a film of Gilad Shalit's face

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turning into that one, sending a There was massive reaction in the

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region. Is this not an opportunity for a springboard, for the Israeli

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government to do something big, to say we will come back to talks. You

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know we need that to break -- bring Fatah back to the talks. We need to

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recognise that Hamas as it is is not interested in a peace process.

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The head of their foreign relations recently said they will only be an

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end to the conflict when there is an end to the state of Broe Israel,

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that is not a basis for negotiations. -- state of Israel.

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We need to do everything we can to try to work with the Palestinian

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Authority to get them to come back to the negotiating table. But of

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this is seen as a successful move does that not give you an example

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to follow and move things forward? I think it shows that Israel has a

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leadership that is prepared to make tough decisions. It is prepared to

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try to deliver and the people are prepared to live with tough

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decisions as well. I hope it sends a message to Palestinians that if

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they come back to the table they will find a government and people

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that wants peace and is prepared to move ahead towards that. It has

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been a remarkable day. Thank you Mahmoud Abbas paid tribute to the

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prisoners and delivered a special message to Egypt. TRANSLATION: We

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would like to salute our brothers in Egypt. They have worked

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tirelessly for the release of our brothers and sisters. We would also

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like to salute Egypt for its role in the Palestinian reconciliation

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process. It is a process started by you inside the prisons, you have

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worked hard for reconciliation and that reconciliation will happen, no

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matter what. Let's go live and speak to an adviser to the

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Palestinians Authority president. Thank you for joining us. Your

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reaction to the deal and Exchange today? Maybe you can hear the noise

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around me, people are still celebrating in the streets. Behind

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me is a compound where people are expressing joy not only for the

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release of the President's -- prisoners but also for the great

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speeches we heard mainly emphasising the importance of

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reconciliation and promising the Palestinian people that the

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existence of people behind it and those working behind it will see

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the light at the end of the tunnel. Give me your reaction to families

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in Israel who have had a family members are murdered or victims of

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violence who see the celebrations, do you understand how this might

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stick in their throats? celebrations are also underway in

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Israel. Gilad Shalit has been released and people are celebrating.

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I no conflict has its claims on people and what we saw over decades

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of conflict can be ended and ended soon. This is the longest Israeli

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occupation in a modern time, but it is finished and ended when all the

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people in Palestine can rest in peace and Israel will be more

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accepted in the Arab and Muslim worlds in accordance to the Arab

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initiative. I you confident these prisoners who have been released,

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those who were responsible for violence will not impose this

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violence again -- are you Apologies, we appear to have lost

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our guest. Technical difficulties. If we can get him back, we will.

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Now to the Tel LAUGH airbase in I'm terribly sorry we have lost the

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sound there. We know that Gilad Shalit has been reunited with his

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family. We heard from the Prime Minister that he was delighted to

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say to the parents of Gilad Shalit I have returned your son home to

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you. He was fearful that he would have lost him forever if this deal

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was not done. Gilad Shalit was any 19 when he was abducted in June in

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2006. He was taken by a joint force of Palestinian militants who

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tunnelled under the Gaza at Israeli border. The moment Gilad Shalit was

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captured, he was seized from his tank just over the border from Gaza.

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Two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian militants were killed

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in the raid. That was June 2006. Soon after Israel launched an

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offensive aimed, it said, at securing Gilad Shalit's release and

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ending rocket fire from Palestinian militants. 300 Palestinians died in

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the next few months. And several Israelis. An Israeli blockade was

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also imposed on Gaza. Gilad Shalit remained in captivity. Across

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Israel the campaign group for his release. The demand was for the

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government to do what Israel had done before, to agree an exchange

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of prisoners. The strength of our army, of our society, our belief

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that we are not leaving anyone in the field, in prison, or elsewhere,

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we will do all we can to bring him home. And then in 2009 the first

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glimpse of staff to Sergeant Shalit for more than 1200 days as Hamas

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released a video. Their prisoner looked gaunt, but managed a half

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smile. He says I hope the current government when waste the chance of

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a deal so I can finally realise my dream. Four Palestinians the issue

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of prisoners is hugely important. Over 5000 are held in Israeli

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prisons. Some have been convicted by his records of murder, some have

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been detained without charge. -- Palestinian society regards

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prisoners as people who have acted on behalf of society and sacrifice

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themselves for Palestinian society. The whole society feels indebted to

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them. The Gilad Shalit's release and is a trauma for Israel, a

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country where almost every Jewish family as someone in the army. The

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prisoner swap will also be celebrated by Palestinians. But

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tensions with Hamas remain high, for the optimism generated by this

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event, the conflict has not been changed.

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Let's go live now to the Rafah Crossing. We have seen some

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incredible scenes in the last two hours. What is happening now?

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it has been extremely emotional and quite chaotic today as these

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Palestinian prisoners were brought in from Egypt on buses. Most of

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them have been transferred now by bus either home to their families,

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or money will go to Gaza City where a huge rally is being planned by

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Hamas later today where we could see up to 100,000 people in the

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main square in Gaza City. Very emotional today, many of the

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family's meeting their relatives have not seen their husbands, sons,

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brothers for 10, 20, maybe 30 years. One elderly gentleman pulled me

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aside, he was waiting for his nephew and he said just remember

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one thing today - Palestinians have mothers, too, and those mothers

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today are feeling the same as Gilad Shalit's mother. Any sense thereof

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worry about where this politically takes us forward? A huge imbalance,

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some see it, and the numbers of people released. Over 1000 released

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for the sake of one Israeli soldier. Politically where does that leave

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us? I think Israel wanted to get their soldier home, we heard in

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that piece there the importance of the Israeli army and reservists for

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ordinary Israeli citizens. Most people in Israel have a relative in

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the army. I think Hamas will make political capital from this. They

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will portray this as a victory. 1000 visitors for -- prisoners for

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one man seems in their favour. I think Hamas negotiated this from a

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vision -- a position of weakness because they were worried about

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their popularity. They will get a short-term boost from this but they

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have played their big carp now. One ominous thing we had here was we

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had prisoners, relatives and Hamas supporters shouting we want a new

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Gilad Shalit. That would be ominous We have seen momentous scenes there

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behind you. Things have quietened down a bit but huge numbers of

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people still gathering in Gaza. Those scenes of celebration are

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expected to continue long into the day. There have also been seen as

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of celebration in Israel where the 19 year-old soldier was released.

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He has arrived back on Israeli soil, he has been reunited with his

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family. We have had the Israeli leader describing long days of

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negotiation in Cairo with Hamas saying he did stand their ground

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but when the main demands of Israel were met and accepted the decision

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With Naga Muchetty. We report from Israel and the Palestinian territories bringing you reaction to a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel. The deal saw Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit freed from Hamas captivity after more than 5 years, in exchange for the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.


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