Shalit's Dad: Olmert's the 'Ship's Captain'

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CBNNews.com - RAMAT GAN, Israel - Norm Shalit, father of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Corporal Gilad Shalit, said his son is paying the price for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's indecisiveness.

Corporal Shalit was captured on June 25, 2006, in a cross-border attack by Palestinian terrorists on an IDF outpost near the Kerem Shalom crossing at the Gaza border. Two soldiers were killed and three wounded in the attack.

"Why should Gilad be the only sucker to pay the price?" Norm Shalit asked participants at a solidarity rally sponsored by the Students' Union at Bar-Ilan University.

"I ask the prime minister, who said he would personally address the issue of kidnapped soldiers, 'Why, out of the entire chain of command that is linked to the kidnapping fiasco, should Corporal Gilad Shalit be the only one to pay the price?"

"Olmert claims that great efforts are being exerted [to free our son], but I can only assess the situation according to its success rate, which currently stands at zero," he said.

"[Former Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon, despite opposition to the prisoner exchange deal for the return of Elhanan Tannenbaum, said 'I will not leave any Jew with those animals,'" said Shalit's father.

Sharon brokered a deal with Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorists to release Israeli businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum, abducted in October 2000, along with the remains of three Israeli soldiers, in exchange for 430 Arab prisoners.

The soldier's father also cited a prisoner exchange by former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who released two Palestinian terrorists in exchange for two Mossad agents arrested in Amman, Jordan.

"A prime minister is elected precisely for this. He is the ship's captain. It's up to him to make a decision," he said.

Also at a stalemate are negotiations on the whereabouts of IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, kidnapped by Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorists in a cross-border attack that sparked the Second Lebanon War.

Source: YNet news

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