Today on Tablet
God willing, Gilad Shalit will soon be home in Israel with his family after nearly 2,000 days of captivity. Daniella Cheslow was at the Shalits’ tent encampment near the prime minister’s residence last night, where jubilant supporters (and a few upset family members of terrorist victims who oppose the deal) gathered. “At first I didn’t believe it, because there have been so many rumors in the past,” Shalit’s brother, Yoel, told Cheslow, who reports on the celebration today in Tablet Magazine. “But slowly it became clear how this time is different from the others.”
Senior writer Liel Leibovitz reflects on the unique symbolism—of the ultimate everyman, if there can be such a thing—that Shalit offered Israelis for more than five excruciating years, and how the movement that pressured the government to strike a deal for his liberation set the stage for the social-justice movement that captured the Israeli imagination this past summer.
And Yossi Klein Halevi, in his first piece for Tablet, interrogates himself for his past opposition to a Shalit deal, weighing the security cons versus the pros of saving the life of an Israeli soldier not all that different from his own son.
It seems likely that Egypt bargained Israeli-American away as well
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.