Halutz: We could have bought Ron Arad's freedom

January 1, 2011 14:17

Former IDF chief-of-staff Dan Halutz on Saturday said that Israel had the opportunity to obtain the release of captured Air Force pilot Ron Arad in exchange for money but refused to do so.

Speaking at a cultural event in Beersheba, Halutz said of Arad, "We had the chance to buy his release in exchange for money. Out of nationalistic considerations it was decided not to do this. Some of the decision makers regretted that later."

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