Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived Tuesday morning at the Tel Nof Air Base near Rehovot.
Netanyahu entered the room in which the Shalit family is waiting for its son and told the family: "I am glad that we made it to this day. In a short time, Gilad will return to you."
The prime minister told the family members that the process of returning Shalit was going forward without a hitch so far. At about 10:00 a.m. Netanyahu was reportedly in the situation room, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the IDF Chief of Staff.
Gilad Shalit will be driven through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, close to where he was abducted 5.5 years ago, and taken to Tel Nof, where he will meet his family.