Ayalon: Israel paying high price for Schalit captivity

May 30, 2011 08:38


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When there is no military option to free a captured soldier, as former chief of General-Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said is the case with Gilad Schalit last week, negotiations must be undertaken to free the captive, former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief and Labor MK Ami Ayalon told Israel Radio on Monday.

Presently, negotiations are focused on the price Israel is willing to pay to return Schalit, Ayalon said.

The price that the state is paying for not releasing him, however, is very high, the former Shin Bet chief explained. Every soldier that is drafted needs to know that if they are captured, the sate will do everything possible to bring him back.

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