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Olmert: I preferred captive soldiers to more dead
YNet ^ | Dec. 3, 2006 | Ronny Sofer

Posted on 12/04/2006 9:36:31 AM PST by Alouette

PM meets with youths in Nahariya, explains why Israel ended war before kidnapped soldiers were returned, says 'better they sit in captivity a little longer than more dead soldiers'

Ronny Sofer Published: 12.04.06, 19:16

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sat down on Monday with high-school students from the northern city of Nahariya and answered some tough questions about the war.

"We didn't know if they were alive and it is preferable that they spend a little more time in captivity than having more soldiers die," said Olmert when asked why Israel ended the war without receiving kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev back.

The question came from an 11th grader who studies at the 'Amal' school in Nahariya, Ehud Goldwasser's alma mater.

Olmert gave it particular consideration: "What were we to do? Keep fighting and turn dozens of families into bereaved ones? Do this so that they, and I hope that they are alive, will spend a little less time in captivity? So they will spend a little more time in captivity."

"We are working relentlessly for their release, day and night. I'm in contact with the captives' families, but I don't think that I should have risked dozens of fatalities and bereaved families, because on the 14th of August I couldn't bring them back," he stated.

The students were invited to meet the prime minister after he received their letters to him on the matter of the kidnapped soldiers. Eden Brumer, a student who attended the meeting, said: "The prime minister told us that like in every war a lot of mistakes were made and that he is aware of this. He sounded very confident and said that Israel is prepared for any emergency situation that may arise."

'Don't hang false hopes on ceasefire'

From the high school in Nahariya Olmert left for a Kadima party meeting, during which he warned that the current political situation created by the ceasefire does not necessarily constitute a chance for dramatic change.

The PM further said that "the basic facts are known and that false hope should not be hung on them nor should premature fears be planted. Hamas has lost 400 of its men since June, which is a heavy blow to them. It cannot be said that we forced this restraint on ourselves. Having said this, there is a new situation, one which may be short-lived but it is without a doubt positive."

"Once Israel responds however, this ceasefire will be over. It may come to that but we must not allow ourselves to be dragged into it. Israel will always have the possibility to respond. The international supports this move, but we will not allow a situation where Israelis are in danger just for somebody's smile. If, heaven forbid, we reach a situation were the ceasefire is ended – the international community will treat the matter differently than if we hadn't acted as we have," he added.

Attila Somfalvi, Ilan Marciano and Moran Rada contributed to this report


TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: capitulation; frenchstrategy; idf; olmert; surrendertoislam; terroristvictory
Thanks loads, Ol'Merde, you just guaranteed MORE OF BOTH.
1 posted on 12/04/2006 9:36:36 AM PST by Alouette
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2 posted on 12/04/2006 9:36:56 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 69-71)
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To: Alouette

In Israel today, testicles are optional equipment. Ol'Merde took a pass.


3 posted on 12/04/2006 9:41:25 AM PST by zarf
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To: Alouette

Is he mad? How do you get to be grown up and think that that's the way to fight a war? Did he study in the US? I can't think of another way he could have gotten so dumb.


4 posted on 12/04/2006 9:43:46 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: Alouette

Then why start a war in the first place?


5 posted on 12/04/2006 9:45:43 AM PST by stop_fascism
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To: Alouette

He should be in a straight jacket in a padded cell.


6 posted on 12/04/2006 9:46:53 AM PST by Sabramerican (Says the piano player: America's greatest legacy will be to create a Palestinian State)
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To: Alouette

If I have a thistle plant in my yard I can either ignore it or kill it. Removing it is a nuisance. If I don't have my gloves on my hand will be hurt, I might not get 100% so it has a chance to grow back, I'll have a bare spot in my yard where it used to be and I have better things to do anyway. However, it has to be removed even at the cost some trouble. If I allow it to grow it will spread. Olmert has poked at the thistle a little and then decided to let it grow.


7 posted on 12/04/2006 9:48:43 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Hey Kerry, What part of showing heels and ass is a winning strategy in Iraq?)
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To: Alouette
"What were we to do? Keep fighting.....

The game of life is hard to play I'm gonna lose it anyway The losing card I'll someday lay so this is all I have to say. That suicide is painless. It brings on many changes and I can take or leave it if I please.

8 posted on 12/04/2006 9:51:11 AM PST by Sabramerican (Says the piano player: America's greatest legacy will be to create a Palestinian State)
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To: Alouette
As has been previously said...

GET OUT OF BIBI'S HOUSE!!!!

9 posted on 12/04/2006 9:52:05 AM PST by BigFinn
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To: Alouette
We didn't know if they were alive and it is preferable that they spend a little more time in captivity than having more soldiers die," said Olmert when asked why Israel ended the war without receiving kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev back. I would have thought the reason for Israel going to war and staying the course was the fact that Hezbolla was launching rockets from Lebanon into the Israeli civilian population.

Is Olmert implying the war was over kidnapped soldiers?? - Tom

10 posted on 12/04/2006 9:54:17 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: Alouette; Sabramerican

Good night, nurse already - the man is off his rocker! Chamberlain and Daladier look like Dobermans in comparison. Sheesh, if I had to choose between being a captive of Hamas/PLO/Fatah/Hezbollah and being dead, I'd rather be six feet under. I honestly wonder if the kidnapped soldiers are still alive.


11 posted on 12/04/2006 9:58:43 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (Regarding islam: Osculate meas Sanctas Romanas Ecclesiae nates)
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To: Convert from ECUSA

Olmert is the epitome of rationality compared to the citizens of Israel who don't march on the Knesset and demand that they drag him out by his heels.


12 posted on 12/04/2006 10:02:14 AM PST by Sabramerican (Says the piano player: America's greatest legacy will be to create a Palestinian State)
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To: Alouette
The pioneering spirit of those who succesfully fought (and died) for Israel's right to exist is dead.

Chaim Weizmann must be spinning in his grave.
13 posted on 12/04/2006 10:04:45 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A liberal is a suicide bomber without the guts)
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To: reagan_fanatic

To Olmert, the Lawyer-Jellyfish, "NEVER AGAIN" refers to 'survival', not Holocaust.


14 posted on 12/04/2006 10:09:52 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Sabramerican

What do you suppose the results would be if Israel had a ballet measure to turn over their state to the Palies in return for the "right" to continue living there under Dhimmitude?


15 posted on 12/04/2006 10:19:13 AM PST by stop_fascism
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Maybe he should offer to exchange himself.

16 posted on 12/04/2006 10:36:51 AM PST by SJackson (A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user, T. Roosevelt)
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To: Alouette

"Those who sacrifice honor for peace shall ultimately have neither." Ditto liberty.


17 posted on 12/04/2006 10:53:08 AM PST by rightwingcrazy
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To: Alouette

If Israel doesn't get rid of this appeasement lawyer they deserve whatever happens to them.


18 posted on 12/04/2006 11:00:22 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: BigFinn
As has been previously said...

GET OUT OF BIBI'S HOUSE!!!!
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Olmert reformed his coalition on October 30, 1006. He now has 78 votes out of 120 votes in the Knesset.

I regret to say he's not going anywhere.

19 posted on 12/04/2006 11:18:18 AM PST by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: Sabramerican

Ain't that the truth!


20 posted on 12/04/2006 12:45:05 PM PST by Convert from ECUSA (Regarding islam: Osculate meas Sanctas Romanas Ecclesiae nates)
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To: Alouette

Am I reading this wrong, or does this semm to be the "peace at any price" deal?

I am stunned. Is Bibi awake? Jeeze.


22 posted on 12/04/2006 1:10:05 PM PST by alarm rider (Not a democrat, not a republican, not a "libertarian".. A CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: alarm rider

semm=seem. Pardon.


23 posted on 12/04/2006 1:11:20 PM PST by alarm rider (Not a democrat, not a republican, not a "libertarian".. A CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: Alouette

He sounds like Israel's version of Carter dealing with the Iran hostage crisis.


24 posted on 12/04/2006 2:49:45 PM PST by Anti-MSM
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To: Joe Boucher
We didn't know if they were alive and it is preferable that they spend a little more time in captivity than having more soldiers die," said Olmert

Wow..

25 posted on 12/04/2006 3:03:07 PM PST by Dog (Hey Red Sox forget the Japanese pitchers for $42mil I'll talk to you for $10 million.)
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To: BigFinn

LOL!


26 posted on 12/04/2006 3:10:41 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Anti-MSM

I pretty much thought the same thing, they must have gone to the same school of appeasement.


27 posted on 12/05/2006 3:14:16 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Joe Boucher
It's sad to see how far Israel has fallen from Moshe Dayan.

L

28 posted on 12/05/2006 3:16:55 AM PST by Lurker (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: Lurker

I wonder if it is due to the defeatists in Israel like the Dems here?


29 posted on 12/05/2006 4:10:57 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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