Oct 18 2011
Israeli officials harshly criticized an Egyptian television interview with soldier Gilad Schalit minutes after Hamas militants freed him in a prisoner swap Tuesday, saying the questioning was inappropriate and insensitive.
The Blaze In the interview aired on Egyptian state television, a gaunt, sallow and uncomfortable looking Schalit appeared to struggle to speak at times, and his breathing was noticeably labored as he awkwardly answered questions. The footage, along with earlier Egyptian TV video showing Schalit being transferred to Egypt, were the first images seen of the soldier after more than five years in Hamas captivity.
Armed Hamas militants were in the area during the interview. One of them stood behind Schalit’s chair, wearing a a black face mask, a green headband of the Qassam brigades – Hamas’ military wing – and a video camera in his hand.
“You have known what it is like to be in captivity,” the interviewer Shahira Amin said to Schalit. “There are more than 5,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails. Will you help campaign for their release?” she asked.
“What has the experience brought you? Has it made you stronger?” she asked at another point. And, brushing aside the fact Hamas had barred anyone from visiting Schalit, she asked him why he only gave one interview while held captive. Video of the controversial interview is below.
(Several Hebrew-speaking YouTube commenters have said: A lot of the translation is NOT what he said, the English translation is plain lying, it makes him look like he is on palestinian side)