Olmert could have had her son released just after he was taken as a hostage for the release of about 250 women and children. Olmert decided to send the IDF into Gaza and unleash the IAF on attacks against bridges and power plants - feckless attacks he would repeat during the folly of his Second Lebanon War. Olmert got a few Israelis killed, lots of Gazans killed, and failed totally to free Shalit. He would repeat this idiocy and incompetence in Lebanon a few months later. Israel should make an offer which could benefit it. Exchange Olmert for Gilad Shalit. Gilad Shalit is guilty only of sleeping on duty, something any young man could do. Olmert is guilty of getting Israelis killed because he is an incompetent. Better he should be a prisoner of Hamas than the kid.
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