Eldad casts doubt on NSC's involvement in Schalit deal

Eldad casts doubt on NSC

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) cast doubt upon the National Security Council's involvement in what might be an impending release of Hamas prisoners in return for Gilad Schalit. Standing outside a Monday meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, during which parliamentarians were briefed by Uzi Arad, head of the National Security Council, Eldad said he received the impression that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had not asked the National Security Council's stance on the release of prisoners in exchange for captured IDF soldier Schalit. Eldad said that while he believed that such an exchange harmed Israel's security interests, he expressed veiled criticism that even if asked, the National Security Council would function simply as a rubber stamp for the prime minister's own intentions. Schalit's parents were on their way to Jerusalem, where they are expected to meet with cabinet ministers who might oppose a prisoner swap deal.