JERUSALEM (JTA) — Gilad Shalit has recovered from the physical ordeal of his Gaza captivity, his grandfather said.
Tzvi Shalit met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to update him on the rehabilitation of the Israeli soldier who was seized by Hamas-led gunmen in 2006 and kept incommunicado until his release as part of an Egyptian-brokered prisoner swap in October.
"Gilad has put on weight. He really is back to normal," Netanyahu’s office quoted Shalit’s grandfather as telling the prime minister.
"You saved my grandson for me. In the current situation in the region, it would have been impossible to return him."