Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin said on Wednesday that the public's concerns over captive soldier Gilad Schalit torpedoed efforts for his return.
"The Hamas people in Cairo [for negotiations] did not want to stop demands at any point," Diskin said, referring to talks in 2009. "They were sure that no matter what conditions they had, public pressure would make us accept them. At a certain point, it became a slippery slope."
In response, Schalit's father, Noam Schalit said: "That sounds pathetic, after five years of failure."