Barak: Netanyahu didn’t want to free Gilad Schalit, I convinced him

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu first opposed the release of Gilad Schalit, and then obsessed about being at the center of the pictures during the kidnapped soldier’s homecoming, former defense minister Ehud Barak said in leaked tapes that continue to generate headlines.

“As much as he opposed [the release of] Gilad Schalit, I sat on him for months” to release him, Barak was heard saying in interviews conducted and taped by Ilan Kfir and Danny Dor for an upcoming book about him.

In addition, Barak – who was Netanyahu’s defense minister at the time – said he pressed Netanyahu to immediately after the release push through the government the recommendations of the Shamgar Commission that would regulate prisoner releases in the future.


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