20.10.2011 22.Tischrei. 5772 Schmini Azaret
The day finally came: Gilad walked down the steps oh his family's home, waving to the assembled crowds, but after five long years in the public eye, the Shalits deserve some time to themselves.
Last week, after learning that a deal for his son's release had finally been signed, Noam Shalit said the family would be at peace only when they saw Gilad walking down the steps to his house.
Yesterday, that day finally came: Gilad walked down those steps, waving to the assembled throng. And after welcoming his son back home, Noam Shalit emerged to give the waiting crowd – the activists who had labored to keep Gilad's captivity on the public agenda and the ordinary Israelis whose support for the deal pressured the government to sign it – the share in the moment that was their due….