Israeli reserve military commanders had harsh words for the prime minister over his comments on captured Israeli soldiers. Ha’aretz reported that the commanders spoke up Thursday in a letter regarding Ehud Olmert’s speech Monday to a Nahariya high school class. When asked why he had cut off the Lebanon war before captured Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were retrieved, Olmert said, “What should we have done? Keep fighting and maybe create dozens more bereaved families to accelerate the return of two people — and I hope they are still alive — for whom it was a question of spending a little more or a little less time in captivity, in the face of the possibility or certainty that many dozens more would be killed in the continued fighting?”
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