Gilad Shalit is an Israeli soldier who was captured by Hamas near the Kerem Shalom boarder crossing on June 25, 2006. He has been held at an unknown location in Gaza since then and Hamas has allowed him no contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross. June 25, 2011 will mark the fifth anniversary of Shalit's capture.
On Oct. 26, 2009, Israel and Jordan marked the 15th anniversary of their peace accord. The agreement was Israel’s second peace treaty with an Arab state; Israel signed a peace deal with Egypt in 1979.
In addition to normalizing diplomatic and economic relations, the Israeli-Jordanian treaty settled differences over a number of significant issues including:
• finalizing the border between the countries
• creating an agreement over water issues
• guaranteeing access and respect for mutual holy places
Peace between Israel and Jordan also fostered significant cooperation and collaboration: Trade and tourism between the two countries continues to grow and Israel has assisted Jordan in areas such as agricultural development. The two countries also have been working together to solve the decreasing water level of the Dead Sea, which lies between the two countries.