Freed Israeli soldier says people should always have hope
In this photo released by the Israeli Defense Ministry, released Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit, second right, walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second left, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, left, and Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, right, at the Tel Nof Air base in southern Israel, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP / Defense Ministry)
Published Sunday, September 16, 2012 3:08PM EDT
JERUSALEM - The former Israeli soldier freed almost a year ago in a lopsided deal with Gaza militants says people should always have hope despite their troubles.
The remarks by Gilad Schalit published Sunday on the eve of the Jewish new year in newspaper Yediot are his most detailed to date.
It is best to deal with tough situations as "calmly as possible," Schalit wrote, adding that one should "always, always remember that there is a chance for rescue from every trouble."
Palestinian militants abducted Schalit in a cross-border raid from Gaza in 2006. He was released in exchange for over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, many involved in deadly attacks on civilians.
He has become a reluctant celebrity but rarely speaks about his ordeal.
Schalit wrote that he wants to study and travel.