Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan criticized the deal that freed captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, calling the agreement “problematic.”
Dagan also stated that Shalit’s status as a hero had been “exaggerated.”
"I'm not sure that I liked the fact that the prime minister stood and received him. That seems like a bit of a problem to me, that he was presented as a hero," Dagan said.
Israel agreed to free 1,027 Palestinians prisoners in exchange for Shalit, who was held in captivity by Hamas forces for over five years.
“Gilad went through terrible suffering and should have been brought back home, but a hero? This event does not strike me as quintessential heroism,” Dagan said, before adding, “"We had no choice but to strike a deal, but not this one."
Dagan believes many of the released Palestinian prisoners will return to terrorism.
“We bolstered Hamas and weakened the PA,” he said, referring to Israel’s current negotiating partner, the Palestinian Authority.
Gilad Shalit will undergo surgery to remove shrapnel from his hand this Friday at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center. He sustained this injury during the attack that led to his kidnapping.