I was astounded to hear that the poor guy was promoted. He has paid his dues and a thousand times more! Rather he should be released from military service for good and be compensated for all his suffering - free university education and free health care for the rest of his life. Also, bad idea to publicize how he will get home. It puts the whole family in danger from extremists on both sides.
Death toll from Iraq car bombs rises to 37 (Reuters)
from the article: Shalit promoted to rank of IDF sergeant-major on eve of release