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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel must not “repeat the mistakes made with the Shalit deal”. Some Israelis responded that the government should simply be forcing concessions from the terrorist group, which governs the Gaza Strip. Others said Liberman’s suggestion that limitations be placed on prisoner exchanges amounted to abandoning captured soldiers.

Netanyahu in tight spot amid Hamas prisoner swap debate (Al-Monitor)
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel must not “repeat the mistakes made with the Shalit deal,” namely releasing hundreds of Hamas operatives in the framework of a prisoner-exchange deal (Aug 28)

Israelis renew emotional debate on price of a soldier’s body (Times of Israel)
Defense Minister says Israel cannot afford repeat of 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner swap, again setting off unremitting argument (Aug 30)

Photo: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visit the headquarters of the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division, near the Israeli settlement of Beit El in the West Bank. January 10, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

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