Halutz admits he thought about quitting

Says criticism he's received sometimes gets under his skin, but part of job.

September 20, 2006 23:24
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halutz looks tough 298.8. (photo credit: IDF [file])

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz admitted in an interview with Channel 1 that he had considered resigning after the war in Lebanon. "I would be lying if I said that things like this didn't cross a person's mind," he told an interviewer who raised the subject. He added that "at the end of the day, when I look at the challenge that stands before me, I think it's appropriate that I take on this journey and continue it. This is a journey that isn't a burden, but rather a necessary journey." Halutz also addressed the vast criticism directed at him since the end of the war in the North. "As a person, it gets under my skin and hurts sometimes - it hurts my family and my loved ones - but as the chief of general staff, I need to know that part of this job is to accept criticism and internalize it," he said. "There are two sides to criticism - one is what they say, and the other is how they say it. Not all criticism is relevant." Halutz emphasized that "we're in the process of investigating everything that happened," good and bad. "I promise that when everything is concluded, I will present [the information] before all of Israel," he said.

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