Israeli Soldier Freed in Prisoner Swap

Sgt. Gilad Schalit was released in exchanged for more than 1,000 Palestinians.
2:13 | 10/18/11

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All right -- to the Middle East and the high stakes prisoner exchange involving Israel and the Palestinians it is one of the most dramatic developments in the long history between these two bitter enemies ABC's Alex mark part is live in Jerusalem. Good morning Alex. Good morning Robin -- -- -- we have just confirmed at a mosque that He luncheon meat has been handed over the egyptians. Signaling that this prisoner exchange is very much under way deal Walt 500 Palestinian prisoners to be changed today at first sergeant Shelley. Have been conditioned to be handed over. Through Egypt Chile will now be turned over to the Israeli military law identify him and -- -- helped check up. It will be flown to a military base in central Israel where he'll meet prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be reunited with his -- before going home that afternoon. To their house in northern Israel that has been almost. Five years in the making -- captured in June of 2006 by Hamas militant in that they long awaited return not to traditionally -- but all of Israel which has -- this story very closely and considers illegal like. A national fund now this deal is not without controversy of those being released today almost 300. Are serving one or more light sentences for attacks on Israeli some relatives of those killed. Have spoken out against the deal. Saying -- exchanging more than 1000 prisoners for one man is too many but there is expected to be much celebrating on both side today at LeBlanc returned home. Just an amazing story out -- -- to -- June 2006 and now told a little bit more about what this release means for Israel. Well you have to understand here Israel completes spaces on posters on -- -- -- bumper stickers that almost iconic. This in the country where everyone served in the military mandatory three year military service men. A little bit shorter women apparently in -- -- -- Israel living constant fear that what happened initially could happen to their own kids and that's why around. 80% of Israelis support -- -- more than 1000 for one which to the rest of us can -- a little bit lopsided. Time anything's ABC's Alice Moore court reporting live for us this morning. From Jerusalem thanks out.

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