IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai addressed SFC Gilad Shalit’s medical condition as part of the operation to return him to Israel.
“Gilad Shalit returned home. Today Gilad Shalit returned from the military operation he left for on June 25, 2006. This very moment Gilad Shalit is stepping back into the State of Israel. He spoke to people at the site and to his family. Gilad Shalit has returned to his country, his homeland and his family,” said Brig. Gen. Mordechai. He mentioned that “for over five years we have been the Israeli people and the IDF with Gilad Shalit. Today, Gilad Shalit is with us.”
“Not far from here, the tank was attacked during operational activity. During this attack, two Armored Corps combat soldiers were killed and Gilad Shalit was abducted. In the same area, right now, the Southern Command commander and other officers are accompanying Gilad to a nearby IDF base.”
Brig. Gen. Mordechai said that, at the base, Shalit will undergo medical examinations. Before the examinations, a phone conversation will be held with his family.
Brig. Gen. Mordechai said that “everyone in Israel is anxious to receive updates regarding his medical condition though the information will first be given to his family and then to the Prime Minister, the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff.” He added that “with the completion of the examinations, Gilad will fly to the Tel Nof Airbase where he will be reunited with his family.