“He came out of a dark pit, a dark cellar,” he told reporters following the IDF soldier’s release in October. “Gilad is happy to be home but finds it difficult to be around a large number of people, as he was held in seclusion for so many days and years.”
On Monday, Noam resurfaced in the media, this time in a different context. “Following years of a public struggle, during which I got to know Israeli society thoroughly — both its beautiful and ethical sides — I have decided to join public life,” Shalit told reporters on Monday. Considering his ideological leanings and prior affiliation, Noam called upon the Israel Labor Party to represent his views. “The Israel Labor Party is a social-democratic party that is pro-peace, and so it is my natural home. “ Shalit plans on securing a spot on the Israel Labor Party’s roster in the next Knesset.
Noam has received the support and admiration of Party chairperson Shelly Yachimovich. “The battle of Noam Shalit and his family to free Gilad started as a private battle, but turned into a battle that contains within it all the base values of Israeli society: Solidarity, Mutual support and Zionism,” Yachimovich said in response to Shalit’s announcement. Noam’s battle is an example of a worthy public struggle that is necessary and effective at the same time… [His] battle united the whole of Israeli society around shared values. Noam has been a man of the Israel Labor Party for many years, and I am convinced his contribution as a member of Knesset will be a great one.”
The Knesset elections are scheduled for late 2013, but some say that the proceedings could take place as early as mid 2012. “The moves by [famed journalist Yair] Lapid and Shalit [have] fueled speculation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to move up Israel’s general election,” said one media source.
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