When J Street staff members gathered to watch video at the end of last week of a healthy, yet still captive, Gilad Shalit, we felt a sense of relief to know he is alive and that the Israeli government is working to secure his immediate release, as well as a spark of hope that he may yet come home safe and sound. We hope that this video provided similar reassurance for the Shalit family and the people of Israel about Gilad’s wellbeing and helped rejuvenate their spirits after years of Shalit’s captivity. As always, the Shalit family has J Street’s support and is in our prayers. Of course, this is no substitute for his return safe and sound, and we support Israel’s efforts to do all that they can to pursue his immediate and safe release. Watch the video of Gilad Shalit here.