Olmert: 'I am happy that Schalit is home'

Former PM, who was in role when IDF soldier was kidnapped, says he's not familiar with full details of prisoner exchange deal.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 24, 2011 23:26
1 minute read.
former prime minister Ehud Olmert

Olmert at trial. (photo credit: Dudi Vaknin)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

"I am happy that Schalit is home, happy for him and for his family," said former prime minister Ehud Olmert, in his first reaction to IDF soldier Gilad Schalit's return from Hamas captivity.

Olmert was prime minister when Schalit was captured, and during his term was involved in efforts to secure Gilad's release.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Peres emotionally moved by meeting with Gilad Schalit

"I am not familiar with all the details of the terms of the current deal," Olmert said during an event with a 30-member delegation from the “One Voice” movement. "I know the details from when I was in office. When I know the details in full  I will give my opinion.

"I have nothing more to add, but I'm happy as is all of Israel for Gilad and his family on his return home," the former prime minister said.

Olmert said in June that Schalit's capture in 2006 was a "traumatic event."

He added that the government "did things that we can't talk about" to try to return the captive soldier to Israel.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN