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Former Shin Bet Chief: Swap Deals Bad for Israel

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Abducted soldier Gilad Shalit returns home.

YNet – Former Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin expressed his reservations over prisoner exchange deals on Wednesday, saying “these deals, one after the other, from Rabin to Sharon, are not good for the State of Israel; whether or not they are good for the public is a different question.”

Diskin ended his term with the Israel Security Agency in April 2011. During his time as Shin Bet chief both former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and current PM Benjamin Netanyahu refrained from green-lighting respective deals meant to secure the return of then-captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit; despite both governments being on the verge of reaching an agreement with Hamas.

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