Olmert: Shalit Deal Is A ‘Crime’

Gilad Shalit (2nd R) walks with his father Noam (R), Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak (L) at Tel Nof air base in central Israel in this handout released by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) October 18, 2011. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged for him were greeted with kisses from Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip. REUTERS/PMO/Handout (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. ISRAEL OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ISRAEL - RTR2SSNV

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert described the Shalit deal, in which Israel released more than 1,000 terrorists in exchange for the return of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit, as “a crime” in an interview with Kan 11 television.

“This issue of prisoner exchange – it’s a crime. I have no other word. I was really upset when I saw it,” Olmert said.

He noted the considerations that led him not to make a similar deal when he was Prime Minister. “Let there be no misunderstanding, I really wanted to free Gilad Shalit. But the endurance of a nation is measured precisely in those moments when the national interest stands against this tremendous passion of you wanting to bring your warrior home.”

Olmert criticized the decision to release 1,025 Palestinian Arab terrorists in exchange for Shalit, saying, “I saw this as a surrender to considerations that have no connection whatsoever to the national interest.”

Read more at Arutz Sheva.



  1. Olmert, is it a bigger crime than ousting 10,000 Jews from their legally owned homes in the Jewish land and destroying their livelihood? Why did they let you out of prison? You should have been imprisoned until the end of your life for destroying so many Jews.

  2. It wasn’t a 1,000 terrorists. The great majority were political prisoners, people arrested for throwing rocks, or yelling at a soldier, or being innocent of any crime. A few were actual terrorists, such as the woman who organized the Sbarro Pizza incident.


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