The commanders of the women soldiers decided to have the women board buses and leave after some objected to their being directed to a separate area cut off from the main event.
If Israelis and Jews can only unite around an inoffensive cause like Shalit, their unity isn't worth very much.
The IDF set up a podium full of flags, all the officers arrived in their best uniforms, and a body-language expert gave the senior officers advice on how to appear before the cameras. But none of that covered up the bad taste all around.
Gilad Shalit finally returned home in 10-hour journey that with various stops along the way almost five years and four months after being kidnapped by Hamas to Gaza.
A minute-by-minute update of the exchange between Israel and Hamas as it unfolded.
Soldier enters Israel via Kerem Shalom crossing on Gaza border as part of extensive prisoner swap; military medical staff say he is in good health.
Also closed will be the route through which Gilad Shalit will be brought back to Israel.
Army tells soldiers to do anything necessary, including endangering comrades, to avoid abduction.
'The culmination of the Shalit affair in this fashion is a sad day for the IDF,' Colonel (res. ) Ronen Cohen, who held high posts in the IDF intelligence branch until recently, told Haaretz.
IDF officers expect Hamas will transfer Shalit to Egyptian custody early Tuesday morning.