Goldwasser: MKs using captives for political gain

Miki Goldwasser slams politicians for undermining initiative to lower criteria for prisoner exchanges.

miki goldwasser 224.88 (photo credit: Channel 10 [file])
miki goldwasser 224.88
(photo credit: Channel 10 [file])
"Politicians are using the issue of the kidnapped soldiers for political gain," Miki Goldwasser, mother of kidnapped IDF reservist Ehud Goldwasser said Tuesday at a rally calling on the government to do more for the release of Israel's kidnapped soldiers. "Now, as we are getting closer to the release of Schalit, some politicians dare to try and undermine this initiative," she said, referring to right-wing politicians' attempt to prevent the government from allowing Palestinian prisoners with "blood on their hands" to be part of a prisoner swap deal - an option discussed at a cabinet meeting on Monday. "They're not doing this out of some inner truth, but... to make certain sectors like them better," she declared. "How would they respond if their child, and not mine, were the one abducted? It's much easier to profit politically at someone else's expense," she added. "I've been screaming my cry and the cry of the Regev and Schalit families from the moment of the kidnappings," she said, 548 days after Schalit's abduction by Hamas-led groups and 531 after her son and Eldad Regev were kidnapped by Hizbullah. "I don't want to keep going on about all the failures. I want to call on them to return our soldiers, who were abducted for doing nothing wrong. They are enduring great pain at the hands of merciless groups," she said. "Who even knows what they're experiencing every day for almost a year and a half?" However, the bereaved families of terror victims said in response that changing the criteria for a prisoner swap to include "murderers" was not the way to get the kidnapped soldiers back. "The release must be carried out some other way - not at the expense of our children's blood and that of the children who will be killed in the future due to the release of hundreds of murderers and terrorists," they said.