Dagan: Price for Schalit problematic, soldier not a hero

Former Mossad chief says captive soldier's hero's welcome "exaggerated"; Schalit scheduled to undergo surgery to remove shrapnel.

November 2, 2011 21:55
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Meir Dagan

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Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Wednesday spoke out against the deal by which Israel agreed to free 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Schalit, saying that the price paid for the soldier's release was "problematic."

Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv, Dagan stated that while he was happy that Schalit was back in Israel, he characterized as "exaggerated" the soldier's welcome in Israel as a hero.

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"I'm not sure that I liked the fact that the prime minister stood and received him. That seems like a bit of a problem to me, that he was presented as a hero," Dagan said.

Channel 10 reported on Wednesday that Schalit was scheduled to undergo a surgical procedure on Friday to remove pieces of shrapnel from his hand.

The shrapnel was lodged in his hand during the attack in which he was kidnapped.

The procedure was scheduled to take place at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center, according to the report.

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