Former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz addressed the issue of the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit Saturday and said, "If there was something to be done after his abduction we would have done it but we lacked the necessary intelligence."
Halutz stressed that his view at the time was that Hamas should have been attacked until Shalit was returned. "It was not possible because of the decision makers." He also noted Ron Arad and said "we had a chance to buy his release for money and it was decided against it for national considerations." (Ilana Curiel)