On Tuesday, October 11, it was announced that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is to be released from five years of imprisonment.

Shalit was captured as a P.O.W. by Hamas and held hostage for five years. His release was bargained with an exchange, initially requiring Israel to release 1,000 Palestinian P.O.W.s. Now, after Shalit's capture and holding has sparked endless controversy and tension, there is finally hope that Shalit will be able to make his way home.

Though no official report of the deal reached between Israel and Hamas has been released, more is soon to come.