The father of one of the soldiers whose capture by Hezbollah set off the Second Lebanon War in 2006 expressed displeasure on Wednesday over the appointment of the army officer, who was blamed by many for allowing the incident, to the position of police commissioner.
Zvi Regev, whose son, Eldad, was captured and killed by Hezbollah guerrillas in a cross-border raid along with Ehud Goldwasser, told Army Radio that he views Gal Hirsch, the former brigadier-general who was Galilee Division commander, as responsible for the abduction.
"I have mixed feelings about the appointment of Brig.-Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch [to the position of chief of police]," Regev told Army Radio. "Gal Hirsch was the commander of the division which operated in the area where my son was kidnapped. He was responsible for allowing the kidnapping, and to this day only he knows what really happened over there. We have only received partial reports about what happened."