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July 14, 2012 9:15 pm

The Mystery of Gilad Schalit

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Gilad Shalit on the phone with his parents, after arriving Israel. Photo: IDF.

Greenfield Reporter/AP – JERUSALEM — Nine months after he was freed from Hamas captivity in a lopsided prisoner swap, Gilad Schalit is emerging from the shadows — showing up at parties, sporting events and even writing a newspaper column.

Even so, the former Israeli soldier remains an enigma. He has refrained from giving interviews and has shared few details about his 5 1/2 years of captivity in a Gaza basement. But he hasn’t vanished from sight — quite the opposite.

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