Gilad Shalit was outside his family home on Wednesday as he celebrated his first day as a free man.
After five years of captivity, the twenty-five-year-old Israeli soldier, is sure to need time to adjust to his new surroundings.
Following his release in the thousand-for-one prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, there was great celebration on his return, but there were mixed feeling whether his release came at to high a price.
One man in Israel highlighted the thoughts of those who thought it was a bad deal. “In one place we are celebrating the release of a soldier, and in another place human beings are celebrating the release of over 1,000 murderers and the world is clapping and cheering for that kind of deal.”
But for most the return of Shalit is a cause for celebration, and he was welcomed back as the ‘son of Israel.’
It is clear that at the same time as adjusting to his return home, the soldier will also have to accept his now found fame.