Firstly, any decent human being would celebrate Gilad's return to his loving family from cruel captivity. However Stanley...it is simply too simplistic a view to label Israel an occupier and oppressor....in fact, I must respectfully say that it is an incorrect view. Terror attacks on Jews by Arabs in Israel began even before 1948 (when the Jews were certainly a much weaker group in every respect)....what land were they "occupying" then? Sadly Stanley, the reality is that Islamic extremists like Hamas see every inch of Israel, the ancient homeland of the Jewish people, as "occupied" and they do not plan on stopping their terror until Israel and its people are eliminated. May peace and justice prevail for all the people of the region....
UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm (Reuters)
from the article: Gilad Shalit met by ecstatic parade as he returns home after 5 years