Gilad Schalit in video 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
“If Hamas will take [captive IDF soldier Gilad] Schalit out of the Gaza Strip,
even though it has no interest in doing so [freeing him], Israel would have more
of a chance of releasing him,” Maj.-Gen.(res.) Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash,
former commander of Military Intelligence, said on Saturday, referring to
speculation that Schalit might be sent to Egypt.
The government does not
know where Schalit is, Farkash said during an event in Beersheba. “It’s sad, but
that’s a fact. I’m sure they are doing everything to get him back.”
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in attendance at the event was David Barak, the father of Lt. Hanan Barak,
Gilad’s commander who was killed along with St.-Sgt. Pavel Slutsker
during the raid in which Schalit was kidnapped.
David Barak said that to
the best of his knowledge, the military had accurate intelligence information
back in June 2006 about the possibility of a kidnapping or an attack occurring
against the IDF on the Gaza border.
“There were a number of intelligence
failures and because of this the abduction was not avoided,” he said. “It should
be noted that similar information was also presented to the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee four months after the abduction,” he said.