Noam Schalit: Olmert 'mismanaged' talks on returning Gilad

"Returning captive troops is a commitment stemming from military needs," Noam Schalit, father of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit said Tuesday night. Speaking at a conference in Bar Ilan University on the ethical considerations of hostage and captive issues, Schalit sharply criticized Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, saying he was "managing the talks [to return Gilad] badly. Schalit also said that the deal in which Elhanan Tannenbaum was returned to Israel showed that then-prime minister Ariel Sharon was a leader who "you could tell had emotional attachment when it came to prisoner issues."