The wedding of former Hamas hostage Gilad Shalit and Nitzan Shabbat on June 23, 2021. (screen shot/Twitter) (screen shot/Twitter)
Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit and Nitzan Shabbat marry in low-key affair.

By United With Israel Staff

A decade after being freed in a controversial prisoner swap, former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit married his long-time girlfriend Nitzan Shabbat on Wednesday.

Shalit, now 34, and his bride were escorted to the chuppah by their parents

The couple prefer avoiding public attention. Shalit is said to work in the security department of Discount Bank while Nitzan is a social worker and artist. Only family members and close friends were invited to the nuptials, held in Emek Hefer in central Israel. Kan News reported that guests were required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

One of the guests, former Entebbe hostage Shai Gross, told Yediot Aharonot, “I first met Gilad about a week after he returned, I worked for four years to see him released.”

“A special bond was formed between us. To see him here today, after all he has been through… He is more than a brother,” Gross said.

Shalit was abducted by Hamas in 2006 in a raid on an IDF outpost near the Kerem Shalom border crossing. The terrorists reached the outpost via a cross-border tunnel. Two soldiers were killed in the attack.

During his five-year captivity, Hamas denied Red Cross access to Shalit.

He was freed in a prisoner exchange for 1,027 Palestinian and Arab-Israeli terrorists and security prisoners. Among the notable prisoners released was Hamas’s current Gaza strongman, Yahya Sinwar.

Shalit was discharged from the IDF in 2012 with the rank of sergeant-major.

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