Father of Gilad Shalit, ex-IDF soldier who spent five year in captivity in Gaza, Noam Shalit has announced he will run for a place on the Labor Party’s (Avodah) list for the next Knesset session. Noam Shalit, has been a member of the Labor party since 1996. Shalit announced that after years of being in the Israeli political spotlight, in his and his family’s efforts to have their son be returned to Israel, he has decided that Avodah represented best his personal ideologies and believes the new leadership of Shelly Yachimovich will be able to steer the party in the correct direction. “The Israel Labor Party is a social-democratic party that is pro-peace, and so it is my natural home. I believe that, under Shelly Yachimovich’s leadership, the Israel Labor Party will be able to do important things for Israeli society.” This announcement comes a day after Yair Lapid, Channel 2 News’ popular anchor, quit his job to join the political sphere.