52624JPost: Barak: Don't whine over Gilad Schalit
- Sep 1, 2009Barak: Don't whine over Gilad Schalit
Sep. 1, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POSTDefense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday reiterated statements he made last week, telling students and protesters at a school in the South that Israel would continue to work to secure the freedom of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit but "not at any cost, and not under any circumstances."Barak advised students at the school "not to whine and not to be spineless… We've overcome some very difficult things, and we will face even harder things."Dozens of mothers from Kibbutz Magen in the Negev arrived at the Nahal Habsor School, not far from the Gaza Strip, to protest in support of Schalit's release.Replying to a student who asked Barak whether the state could protect his life when he joined the army, the minister said that "The state cannot protect your life… We're not in western Europe or North America."The defense minister went on to say that Israel is a place where "whoever is not strong and confident, whoever blinks when faced with Kassam rockets, kidnappings and military cemeteries, cannot survive."However, Barak did promise the student that when he enlists, his comrades will be prepared to sacrifice their lives in order to save him."When you join a combat unit, you will be serving with people like yourself who are prepared to risk their lives to save you, and you have a country that will go to great lengths to save you," he assured the student.
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