JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is in the United States, where he will attend the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla.
Shalit is the guest for Sunday’s game of leading sports agent Arn Tellem. He also was scheduled to attend other events related to the game.
In America, he also may meet with U.S. lawmakers and White House officials in Washington to thank them for their support in working toward his release from five years in captivity in Gaza, Ynet reported. Shalit was released last October in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Shalit had traveled overseas last month to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris. He is a dual French and Israeli citizen.
Last month he had attended a Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.