In his first interview in nearly five years, Elhanan Tenenbaum, who was released in 2004 from Hezbollah captivity as part of a prisoner exchange, on Tuesday refuted the idea that any such exchange has led to Israeli terror deaths.
"I wasn't released in exchange for anyone with blood on their hands," he told Army Radio. "Any [released prisoner] who returned to terrorism was set to have been released anyway."
Tenenbaum's statement came after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned against making deals that involved releasing known criminals. "Past experience shows that dozens of Israelis were murdered in terrorist attacks carried out by prisoners released in previous deals," Netanyahu said Monday.
As part of the deal that released Tenenbaum, the bodies of three IDF soldiers were returned in exchange for 400 Palestinian prisoners.