The US has Senator McCain, a navy pilot at the time, who was shot down during the US war with Vietnam, survived but badly hurt, was captured, and held in miserable captivity and tortured by his captors for over 5 years. He returned as a hero, properly so, to serve his country and ran for president of the US. He overcame the experience of his captivity and seems to be doing quite well physically and mentally. It will be interesting to see how Shalit explains the fact that he allowed himself to be captured while two other IDF soldiers were killed. For sure he is no hero and has been a major distraction for israel. However, the circumstance shows Israel at its best. Hopefully the distraction of Shalit will go away. I am expecting that Israel can now get tougher on Gaza and its terrorists because they do not have to worry about Shalit. That high price has not been discussed but it will be now.
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)