October 18, 2011, - 3:06 pm

After 5 Years, Will Gilad Shalit Return w/ Al-Stockholm Syndrome?

By Debbie Schlussel

As you probably already know, today kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after five years in HAMAS captivity in Gaza.  You already know my oft-repeated views on the trade of a gazillion Islamic terrorists for one Shalit and the many similar Israeli trades for dead soldiers’ bodies and a living drug dealer double agent for Hezbollah (Elchanan Tannenbaum) that preceded it.  And, as I’ve repeatedly noted, the Shalit parents, Noam and Aviva Shalit are leftists who paraded around Israel and the Palestinian Authority meeting with and consoling Islamic terrorists, camped out in a protest tent in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, and engaged in non-stop moral equivalence statements about Israeli soldiers and Islamic terrorists.  The photo of him saluting Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu upon his return to Israel shows a thin, gaunt soldier with a uniform far too big on him.  I wonder what happened to him in Gaza.  And on a related note, I wonder about something else:  whether after five years with HAMAS, a good chunk of the young Shalit’s life, he has emerged with some sort of Stockholm Syndrome sympathy for his HAMAS captors.

Could it be a case of life imitates art?  Ironically, just a couple of weeks ago, Showtime’s “Homeland,” an American liberal version of “24” produced by the liberals who worked on “24,” debuted (and stars Israel-boycotter and anti-Semitic Jew Mandy Patinkin).  It’s based on a 2010 successful Israeli television series, “Hatufim,” in which Israeli soldiers who were held captive by Muslims return after years of captivity, are hailed as heroes by Israel, but might now be double agents for those Muslim captors.  What are Gilad Shalit’s sympathies and intentions?  Will they be like his fictional fellow soldiers in Hatufim, now recycled as Homeland?  We already know his parents are close enough to that position.

I won’t be shocked if life imitates art and Gilad Shalit is–while not secretly a double agent for HAMAS–openly in support of some of their arguments against Israel. I won’t be surprised at all if he becomes an activist for the Israeli left and panders to the Muslim viewpoint.

Yes, Gilad Shalit, while not a “hero” per se, is a victim who served Israel with honor (as far as we know) and survived.  But Israel traded 1,027 mass murderers for him, and we do not know what happened to him in the five years he lived with HAMAS.

Reader Simon:

On the Chopper ride which lasted 10 Min. from Rafah to Kerem Shalom crossing, Shalit fainted & received Oxigen. Am certain U know Arabs usually do not eat very rich meals, when arafat was held hostage at his Ramallah “mukata’a” by Sharon, manded a daily ration of 3 kg. Humous. I would guess Shalit had a lot of this in 5 years + 4 months at Hamas “Hilton.”

Yup, and perhaps a diet chock full of propaganda and deprogramming, too.

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39 Responses

Sorry Deb, but I disagree with you. Shalit is a victim, not a hero. A hero is someone who put his life and/or wealth at risk to save another person. There is no evidence to support that Shalit was a hero.

Now, Shalit was doing his mandatory service (which too many Israelis evade) when he was kidnapped. And he survived. But that does not make him a hero.

JEG: I knew people would say that (as I myself have said similar things before on this site), and you are right, but I couldn’t think of a better word, and yet, you did: victim. I’ve changed that part of the post. DS

Jonathan E. Grant on October 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Jon, agreed.

    While I think Debbie has a point, when you become dependent on your kidnappers for years, you do what you have to do to survive. I wouldn’t wish that experience on any one. When you have been terrorized a great deal, it changes how you see the world.

    Being kidnapped and held captive for years is one of the most debilitating experiences a human being can endure. That said, while its good to see Shalit free, we should reject any sympathy he might manifest for Hamas.

    Show regard for him as a victim without necessarily endorsing any views he might elect to hold in the future.

    NormanF on October 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Shalit is safely home. If I were in charge I would cancel and/or kill the rest of the terrorists that were promised and call it even.

Robert Lefkowitz on October 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm


    Debbie the lawyer can tell you an agreement concluded under duress or coercion is neither morally nor legally valid. Hamas is not a righteous person or state. Its an Islamic terrorist organization.

    Israel should cancel the remainder of the deal.It owes Hamas no reward for kidnapping one of its citizens.

    If its leaders are abysmally stupid, they will go through with it any way and that’s a reflection on their judgment or lack of it.

    NormanF on October 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Victim, indeed. Shalit’s horror of an Odyssey will surely make a mark. Hopefully one manifesting itself as spine stiffening patriotism. It will if he recognizes the depth of his captor’s depravity. My own spine is stiffened, daily, at the thought of the irredeemable nature of our enemies.

lee on October 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I don’t blame Gilad’s parents for this. They were parents who wanted their son freed.

I blame those who pressured the Israeli government into making this deal. They should have ignored the Shalits just as most people in the US ignore Cindy Sheehan.

I_AM_ME on October 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I hope your suspicions do not prove to be true, but he is a victim of savages. I think this picture speaks volumes, he is a soldier and looking proud of that fact. As for his leftist parents, left or not, I cannot think of anything I would not do to help if savages had my child. Unless you are a parent, you cannot imagine the depth of love for and sacrifice you would make for your child. Perhaps a few Israeli missiles or drones will find these devils while they plot future mayhem (which is most certainly a given).

CJ on October 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Actually, it isn’t 1,027 Palestinians for Shalit. It’s actually about 1,050 if one adds the 25 or so Israel released two years ago for a two-minute “proof of life” video. When I heard of that earlier capitulation I couldn’t help recalling the film “Proof of Life” where the hostage negotiator tells the family, “and you *never* pay for a proof of life”. That’s obviously not the only mistake Israel made in this sad affair.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the end of these immoral trades. Egypt is still holding two Israelis on trumped up charges. They want 81 Egyptians held in Israeli prisons – some on terror charges – released. Most expect Israel will capitulate. Israel’s enemies have taken her measure and are rushing to exploit her willingness to “pay a high price” when it comes to captives.

Raymond in DC on October 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Most lopsided trade since Chicago Cardinals traded Ollie Matson to Los Angeles Rams for 9 nobodies.

Bill C. on October 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I’ve read what you’ve written about Noam and Aviva Shalit and couldn’t believe it. You were literally accusing them of working with terrorist, on what grounds?

Shalit family had served in the Israeli army. Gilad’s uncle was killed in the battle fields in 1973. I’ve searched for some prof for your accusations and found nothing.

In the future, if you want to accuse someone without grounds, please don’t…

Ran on October 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The Shalits are the most selfish people on earth. They forced their country to pay a horrendous price only for their son. They never gave a moment’s thought about the hell they’ve inflicted upon other Israeli families.

    I remind you again there are countless Israeli families who will never see their son or daughter come again. By releasing the killers of their loved ones, their country abused and betrayed them. It broke every Jewish ethical rule in the book to bring Shalit home.

    I am relieved he is safe and sound. But I will never be happy and will never celebrate it because it cost other people justice and that matters to me a great deal. People who haven’t the slightest idea of what Jewish ethics mean shouldn’t lecture to me about it.

    Again, it bears repeating no good will ever come out of appeasing evil.

    NormanF on October 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      [NormanF – The Shalits are the most selfish people on

      Correct. That makes them great parents and nothing less.
      I bet you are not a parent. When you become a parent
      you will understand and have a change of attitude.

      As I mentioned in an earlier comment the problem is not
      the Shalits. We should expect nothing less from loving
      parents. The problem is everyone else who took up their

      I_AM_ME on October 18, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Most likely,the beat the guy within an inch of his life and did other horrendous things to him. One day,we’ll probably find out the horrible things Hamas did to Shalit.

Ghostwriter on October 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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someone on October 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I am glad that he’s alive, and released. I do sympathize w/ him – unless there is evidence otherwise to show that he was pro-Hamas before he was captured. While I don’t agree w/ his parents, I don’t completely blame them for doing what they think they had to to get their son back alive. However, if they didn’t stop, and were to continue doing it, my view of them would worsen.

I agree w/ Jon & Norm – I don’t think that being captured by Hamas makes him a hero, same as the American soldier (forget his name) who got captured on the Macedonian border by Serbia and got a purple heart from Clinton once he was released. I don’t recall the full circumstances of Shalit’s abduction, but if he didn’t take the right precautions, he’s about as silly as that soldier.

Also, Israel should can that agreement to release prisoners, and warn Hamas that the next terror attack would be followed by a complete obliteration campaign in Gaza, Jerico, Nablus & Hebron. Something like that.

Infidel on October 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

It is high time a class action is taken against the Red Cross, HQ in Switzerland for neglect of duty in the case of Gilad Shalit’s human rights. Is Israel the only country not afforded the lowest level of service from this worldwide supposed humanitarian agency hiding behind the veil of ‘Charitable Trust’ with worldwide donations being eked out of everyone’s pockets.

As Gilad Shalit holds a French passport, PM Sarkozy’s leverage has been less than lukewarm. A member of the quartet always shaking fingers at Israel with that British UK dame, Ashton, Sarkozy’s polystyrene backbone makes me believe that France’s business tentacle’s in Iran speak louder than any squeak against Hamas, Iran’s proxy.

Gilad Shalit has seen no sunlight as reported in the British newspapers. He will be suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency and together with the mental stress of the last 5 years will understandably have a long journey back to proper health. Sad to say but he looks medically debilitated, under weight, with an unhealthy pallor. We can all wish him an abundance of good health surrounded by love and light.

Eyes Wide Open on October 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Shalit has that same look that our POWs had when they came back from Viet Nam. Give the kid some time, he’s been thru hell. I just hope when he regains his health he puts his parents to shame by becoming someone who is outspoken and takes action against the muslime trespassers in Gaza and the West Bank.

Jarhead on October 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Such a sad day. Curious to hear his story. Waiting for the consequences.

samurai on October 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I wrote the same thing in a comment to you in your previous post on the trade. But now I don’t think he will. He looks like such a sad broken man. I for one am so happy he has come home. He is both a victim and a hero, a hero for surviving for so long amongst barbarians. Not everyone would have made it.

Karen on October 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I wish Debbie you take Shalit place for 1 week in a closed prison and we will see how your reaction will be

NormanF on October 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

Norm (the original one)

Go to WordPress & get a Gravitar.

Infidel on October 19, 2011 at 5:07 am

i agree with msot of what haas already been posted.

KKKK on October 19, 2011 at 5:33 am

I have seen this “parents tent” in July when I visited Jerusalem for the 1st time in my life. At the time, I didn’t believe Gilad was still alive, but an Israeli friend was certain that he was alive and he was right.

I am glad for him he came free. However, I am absolutely scared + worried that these terrorists will end up in Germany, like so many of them do.

Every year the Palestinians (with the Leftists of course) demonstrate against Israel in Berlin; I am pissed off at my government about that. But they are also in Vienna /Austria as you can see here:


Mallory on October 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

The parents of Gilad Shalit only asked for the release of their son, they did not set the price; that job fell to the government.

OyiaBrown on October 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

The trade did establish one thing clearly: in the minds of Hamas, one Jew is worth 1,000 Muslims.

george on October 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I think the world didn’t follow closely what happened with Gilad Shalit, there were other chances, earlier, to release him, for less Palestinians/Hamas/Fatah people than before, but for some reason it didn’t happen. In Israel, there is a non-written agreement that when they send a soldier, and as we all know it’s mandatory, Israel makes sure they return him home, dead or alive. America doesn’t look at things the same way that Israelis do, that’s just the way it is. And, so, the return of Gilad Shalit was approved by most Israelis, regardless of the fact of them being left wing or right wing. This is how Israelis are being raised, unfortunately sometimes they forget it, but at the end of the day they do remember it.

Talia Zemer on October 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I feel very sorry indeed for Gilad Shalit and I hope he will be happy but the Israeli leaders around Olmert, Livni and Netanyahu have placed a terrible burden on his shoulders. he was mistreated by the savages, look at his body, a skeleton, look at the fat bastards who came out of the Israeli prisons.

But it is not the fault of anybody but Israeli leadership!

Yesterday i wrote on my website that the essence of this deal is that Netanyahu is preparing the ground, as a slave to US Imperialism, to drive Jews out of Judea and Samaria. Chosen partner is not Abbas but is Hamas.

Netanyahu, Obama, Cameron et al know that Abbas is a busted flush. And as such they want to bring Hamas (and Hizbullah and Iran) more into the centre of things, unbelievable almost but we are talking here “pact with the devil” situation.
Read the following for rich affirmation of our point of view yesterday, with a new element entering the situation, the treachery of still Stalinist Russia, China too obviously, and also obviously the present day Fascist Left.

It is contained in today’s article in Debka.

The content of this article by Debka is that the Russian Stalinists (Debka does not use that descriptive word but I do) are laying out the carpet for Hizbullah.

But note the stage for this has been set by others, by Netanyahu, by Obama, by the EU of course.

Debka.com writes today ” By concluding the prisoner exchange deal with Hamas, Israel sought to draw the United States into dumping the Palestinian Authority chairman and his Fatah party which governs the West Bank in favor of ties with the fundamentalist Hamas. This would enable the transfer of Hamas’ political bureau from Damascus to Cairo, thereby diluting or even severing its close bonds with Damascus and Tehran.

It is suspected in some Russian ruling circles that the Israeli prime minister may even have won support for his deal from certain factions in Washington for the dual purpose of pulling the rug from under Abbas and also undermining Assad”

That is the real meaning of the Shalit deal with Hamas.

Keep your feet on the ground folks! Netanyahu is always the servant of US Power Imperialism (The Empire)

In the end this means a carve up with Jews expelled as happened in Gaza, also under a “strong man” leader of the “right” Sharon.

Felix Quigley on October 20, 2011 at 6:27 am

listen,i have no idea who the hell are you or what you do, but from the things i read here you sound like a total idiot. i am israeli right wing supporter, but i wouldn’t dream of saying what you’ve said about gilad’s parents. be ashamed of yourself

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