The release of Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1000 Palestinian serving prisoners, is a momentous and historic day for everybody, and has the effect of mixing up our feelings. My admiration for the parents of Gilad Shalit, for the fortitude they displayed during his captivity is beyond bounds. May no other parents and families be subjected to such pressures ever again. Watching the contrasting receptions on television today, I could not but help being struck by the appearance of Gilad. He appears to be very thin, frail and hollow of eye. I am certain that when the sheer joy of being back amongst his family and people has registered to the full extent, the skill of Israeli medics and the blessing of Jewish penicillin chicken soup, provided by his mother, will soon get him to fill out and improve his appearance; and hopefully go some way towards erasing the memories of his experiences of more than 5 years as a prisoner Gilad will return to a lead a full life in every way in the bosom of his family, his friends and his country. In contrast, the many Palestinians who were released today, appeared in general to be of average weight and had a spring in their step and did not show visible signs of detention, and one is hopeful that they will not return to their previous activities, but take up normal lives amongst their people. Historians may well note 18th October 2011 as a turning point in Israel’s relations with her neighbours, marking the beginning of the end of status quo. It may be viewed as the turning point and the end of the peace process resulting in peace itself, amid mutual security for our beloved Israel and her neighbours. Indeed it is worth noting, that so many of the major breakthroughs in the whole process have taken place under a right wing led government, contrary to expectations of many.