Following resignation, recordings of Lotan reveal controversial position

In recordings that were revealed today, former Coordinator of the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action persons Lior Lotan is heard presenting his conclusions of Operation Protective Edge and saying that Israel must also kidnap Hamas terrorists.
Lotan Photo credit: IDC Herzliya/ Channel 2 News

Several days after announcing his resignation, recordings of former Coordinator of the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action persons Lior Lotan were revealed today (Monday) on Army Radio: “The military offered many operational ideas.”

“I don’t think that the war needs to end with 2-0 captives to the enemy,” he said. “If they have 1 captive, we should have 200. If they have 2, we should have 400. It doesn’t mean that the problems will be solved but then the equation will be different.”

Goldin's parents Photo credit: Channel 2 News

Lotan’s statements were made long before his resignation as part of his conclusions of Operation Protective Edge. “It’s a subject that the IDF has to improve in after Operation Protective Edge,” he continued. “The Chief of General Staff is very committed, very understanding and agrees that these are things the military should be dealing with.”

Lotan’s resignation caused a storm after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called not replace him. Simha and Leah Goldin, the parents of the late IDF soldier Hadar, whose body has been held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge, slammed Lieberman.



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