hamas could have killed him at any time. they did not because he was worth nothing dead. we do not worship him, just recognise that he is very tough and very brave. he managed to keep his sanity and his wits under extremely harsh conditions. most people would not survive solitary for five years.
Man shot dead in northern Israel town of Bi'ina, police say the murder was gang related (Haaretz)
from the article: Report: Gilad Shalit went on hunger strike while in Hamas captivity