Noam Schalit, father of captured IDF solider Gilad Schalit, on Wednesday said that earlier comments by Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin claiming responsibility for failing to bring the kidnapped soldier home, were "too little, too late."
"Gilad is in Hamas cellars, paying the price of failure [to bring him home] for already five years," Schalit said. "We regret that all those responsible for the blunders and failures that were made since the kidnapping did not claim responsibility in the form of actions and not words."
Earlier Wednesday, Diskin claimed “personal responsibility” for Israel’s failure to secure the Gilad's release who was abducted in June 2006 during Diskin's term as head of Shin Bet.
“I did not succeed in securing his release – not in a military operation or through negotiations - and I see myself, as head of the Shin Bet, as the person responsible,” Diskin said. “I feel great sadness that Gilad is not with us.”