Noam Shalit Denies Report of Hunger Strike

Gilad now spends time going through medical treatments and debriefing procedures with the IDF, as well as watching sports, says his father.

Gilad Shalit did not go on a hunger strike during his captivity, but there was a point at which his life was in danger, his father Noam told a media conference in Eilat yesterday.

"He was in such poor physical condition that they had to hook him up to an IV," Noam Shalit said. "He was not hunger striking, but it was the result of a combination of things related to his confinement - not seeing daylight for years, for example."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, IDF Soldier Gilad Shalit and his father, Noam Shalit, after landing at Tel Nof Air Base, Oct. 18, 2011.
IDF Spokesman's Office

Gilad is now spending "part of the time with medical treatments, and part of the time going through various procedures with the army," his father said. "Gilad tries not to miss anything of the things he loves. He doesn't miss a single game of the National League or of the Champions League in Europe," he said, speaking about his son's love of baseball and soccer.

Gilad doesn't talk much about his captivity, his father said, though when he finishes his army debriefings, the family assumes he'll tell them more.