New Revelations about the Kidnapping and Release of Gilad Schalit

Gershon Baskin shares new revelations about his role in the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange.

Gilad Schalit and Gershon Baskin

Gilad Schalit and Gershon Baskin

The Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange followed a 2011 agreement between Israel and Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in exchange for 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis. Two hundred and eighty of these were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Israeli targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis. The agreement came five years and four months after Palestinian militants captured Schalit in southern Israel along the Gaza Strip border.

In this documentary by Raviv Drucker, Gershon Baskin describes the secret back channel he established with Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Ghazi Hamad.

The agreement is the largest prisoner exchange agreement Israel has ever made and the highest price Israel has ever paid for a single soldier. Gilad Schalit was also the first captured Israeli soldier to be released alive in 26 years

Raviv Drucker

Raviv Drucker

Raviv Drucker is the Political Commentator on Israel Television’s Channel 10. A writer for the business paper Globes, he was co-presenter of Channel 10’s Saturday evening news program together with Ofer Shelah. He is a a former political correspondent for Army Radio (“Galei Zahal”) and for “Ma’ariv”. He is Co-founder and Chairman of the Movement for Freedom of Information. He is the author of two books; Harakiri about the period of Ehud Barak’s government and the book Boomerang, which he wrote together with Ofer Shelah, about the failure of leadership during the second Intifada. He studied law at Tel Aviv University.
Raviv Drucker

About Raviv Drucker

Raviv Drucker is the Political Commentator on Israel Television’s Channel 10. A writer for the business paper Globes, he was co-presenter of Channel 10’s Saturday evening news program together with Ofer Shelah. He is a a former political correspondent for Army Radio (“Galei Zahal”) and for “Ma’ariv”. He is Co-founder and Chairman of the Movement for Freedom of Information. He is the author of two books; Harakiri about the period of Ehud Barak’s government and the book Boomerang, which he wrote together with Ofer Shelah, about the failure of leadership during the second Intifada. He studied law at Tel Aviv University.