JERUSALEM - Israel's point man in talks with Egypt on a Gaza truce has lashed out at Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for linking the issue to the release of an Israeli soldier, a report said.
Amos Gilad, the senior defence ministry official who has been shuttling between Israel and Egypt for weeks, said requiring the freeing of Gilad Shalit for a Gaza ceasefire at the last moment would alienate ally Cairo.
"I don't understand what it is that they're trying to do," the Maariv daily yesterday quoted Gilad as telling a close associate.
"To insult the Egyptians? We've already insulted them.
"It's madness. Egypt has remained almost our last ally here." - Sapa-AFP