Former Hamas Captive Gilad Schalit Marries

YERUSHALAYIM -
A screen image of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit during his release from Hamas captivity after over 5 years, on October 18, 2011. (FLASH90)

Gilad Schalit, an IDF soldier who spent over five years in Hamas captivity, married on Wednesday night.

Schalit and Nitzan Shabbat held their chuppah in Emek Hefer in central Israel.

Once the subject of nationwide demonstrations and a controversial prisoner swap, Schalit has led a private left since his release. According to the Kan public broadcaster, the only people invited were family and close friends, who were required to sign nondisclosure agreements.

Now 34, he was kidnapped in a cross-border raid and held by Hamas between 2006 and 2011. Israel agreed to a deal that saw 1,027 Palestinian security prisoners freed to bring the IDF soldier home.