As relieved as I am, I am enraged. Shalit has been captive for more than 3 years and this is the first video we have of him. The International Committee of the Red Cross has done virtually nothing to attempt to even see him. The White House has not once demanded his unconditional release (all credit to the French, who demanded same upon release of the video...Shalit has duel citizenship with France and Israel). The world has been perfectly letting a Jew sit in the hands of his captors, in violation of international law, while the hypocritical UN sits perched like vultures, waiting to condemn Israel via the Goldstone Report, and strip her of her right of self-defense against the heartless bastards who attack Israel while hiding behind women and children.
No doubt the Arabs are laughing at us for being so emotional over just being able to see a video of Gilad. I would expect nothing less from people who raise their children to strap bombs to themselves, and violate international law in order to kill Jews.
What follows is the translation of his comments.
"Hello, I am Gilad, son of Noam and Aviva Schalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, who lives in Mitzpe Hila. My ID number is 300097029.
"As you see I am holding in my hands the Palestine newspaper of September 14, 2009, published in Gaza. I am reading the paper in order to find information regarding myself, hoping to find some information from which I would learn of my release and upcoming return home. I have been hoping and waiting for the day of me release for a long time. I hope the current government under Binyamin Netanyahu will not waste the chance to finalize a deal, and I will therefore be able to finally have my dream come true and be released.
"I wish to send regards to my family and say to them that I love and miss them and yearn for the day in which I would see them again.
"Dad, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day when you visited my base on the Golan Heights on December 31st, 2005, that if I am not mistaken was called Revaya B. We walked around the base and you took photos of me on the Merkava tank and on one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base. We then went to a restaurant in one of the Druse villages and on the way we took photos on the side of the road with the snow-capped Mount Hermon in the background.
"I wish to say to you that I feel good, health-wise, and the Mujahadeen of the Izzadien al-Qassam Brigades are treating me very well. Thank you and goodbye."
May Hashem continue to be his Rock and Shield, keep him safe from harm, and restore him to his family soon.