Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he "will use all efforts to try to return our MIAs and captives - I would not say at all costs, but if they find the location of this missing one using these means, I will do it," referring in an interview with Army Radio to the possible deal to locate the body of missing IDF soldier Majdi Halabi in return for releasing two convicted felons.
He added that, "I do not have the ability to confirm that the basis of the information we received is solid," but, "I am assisted by professional authorities. The estimate is that perhaps something will be found regarding this tragedy afflicting his family, who are not Jewish, and are looking everywhere to no avail.""At the end of the day, there is a need to make decisions," explained the Prime Minister, nothing that, "In the past I already returned Ilan Garpel, and that also involved a price, and we are acting to try to return Pollard."
Netanyahu drew an analogy between approving the Halabi deal and the Gilad Schalit deal, stating, "One of the reasons I decided to take the necessary actions to free Gilad Shalit was because I estimated that the window of time to receive help from the Egyptian mediator was running out, and I did not want another case of Ron Arad."