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Israel Accuses Hamas of Kidnapping 3 Teenagers

An Israeli soldier stands guard in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 15, 2014.An Israeli soldier stands guard in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 15, 2014.
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An Israeli soldier stands guard in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 15, 2014.
An Israeli soldier stands guard in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 15, 2014.
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Israel is accusing Hamas of kidnapping three teenagers last week, and has arrested 80 Palestinians near Hebron, where the youths disappeared.
 
Many of those arrested in overnight raids were Hamas members.
 
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the kidnappings.
 
"Hamas terrorists carried out Thursday's kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, we know that for fact.  These teenagers were kidnapped and the kidnapping was carried out by Hamas members. Hamas' denials do not change this fact.''
 
Netanyahu said the disappearance of the youths was the direct result of the newly formed Palestinian unity government between Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist organization, and Fatah.
 
But a Palestinian spokesman rejected that contention and criticized Israel for what he said was "collective punishment" against Palestinians "besieging the province of Hebron."
 
Palestinian spokesman Ehab Bseiso said the three Israeli youths disappeared from an area of the West Bank controlled by Israelis and the Palestinian Authority is working in coordination with Israel in the search for the missing teens.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the kidnappings as a "despicable terrorist act” and called for the immediate release of the three teenagers. He said “many indications point to Hamas involvement,” noting that it had carried out kidnappings in the past.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 18, 2014 3:22 AM
The Place you call the West Bank is actually Bethlehem, where King David was born, where Jesse was born, where Jesus was born. That Place was never call the West Bank. It is wrong history. The Arabs have to claim to that land.Israel is for the Jews. What about the Palestinians killing the Christians Palestinians daily? Nobody also cares about them.Secondly what give the Palestinians the right to killed the Jews and the Jews don't have the same right to kill them too? The Jews have the right ti live and breath like everybody else. The Arabs are occupying the Jewish people land.

by: Aaron from: Occupied Palestine
June 17, 2014 10:53 AM
Guess those Israelis should have been in Israel instead of building illegal settlements in Palestine. What the hell is a Jewish seminary doing in the West Bank? That's like a Madrasa in Tel Aviv. Talk about a provocation... Furthermore, Israelis abduct and kill Palestinian children all the time... No one seems to care about those abductions or deaths... And sure don't see the Palestinian Authority sending in 80 soldiers into Israel to look for those responsible for the killings of civilians. Typical Israeli double standards.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 16, 2014 1:14 AM
The Abbas administration needs to speak to Hamas directly, This is a problem for his administration, and Hamas knows very well she will pay a hard price for those kids. If they know what the Netanyahu administration has in mind,they will bring the children back to Israel. Mr. Abbas should be held accountable for those kids. He doesn't want to do the right thing. Mr. Abbas is a terrorist, He was one of those that were committed to Israel destruction during the Arafat era. When did he change? If anything happen to those kids, All the Palestinians should pay for it.

by: maithe from: Paris, france
June 15, 2014 3:38 PM
Very strange headline !! Once in a while you have some 'problems ' with your headlines....Don't you?
The news( updated) is: three young israeli boys have been kidnapped by terrorists. I suppose you know what that mean ?.... It should be the headline instead of '80 Palestinians arrested in West Bank '. Don't you have some good journalists around?......

by: julea from: usa
June 15, 2014 1:30 PM
Someone must get tough with PA/PLO, Salafis, Hamas, Muslim Bros surrounding Israle with the same intentions as in 1948 and before of destroying Israle and replacing Judaism, even in rewritten History, with Islam. They are taught from babies that Islam is to be the ONLY religion on earth and politics USES this for conquest. Saudi/Qatar...Wahabi or Sunni over all types of Shia and vice versa. The "Palestine" thing is NOTHING but continuation of ages of Jihad. These are Terrorists (not Freedom Fighters or any other Romantic idea of Heroes in Martyrdom). This is Not what any Allah/GD WANTS. Its politics only and all the Muslims in Palestine are taking advantage of Religion and Jihad Terrorism to compete and conquer. They are Wrong and must be stopped and must be told they are Wrong. In this world, it cannot be "Islams way or the highway (death) and they Must Tolerate OTHERS and stop calling all others Enemy. 1.6 Million Muslims live in Israel. Muslims ARE capable of living WITH OTHERS but they JUST DON"T WANT TO. This is WRONG.

by: Gail Gray from: Louisiana
June 15, 2014 1:05 PM
No one knows what happened to the boys, but whatever it is, all Palestians will pay. Hundreds will be arrested, detained and tortued, homes and crops will be destroyed,. "settlers will exact revenge on arab children. It is time for the brutal occupation to end, time for the illegal settlements to be disbanded, time for Israel to end it's expansion, obey internation law and let the Palestians live a free and normal life.
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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
June 18, 2014 6:22 AM
All these lopsided comments, yet, 3 kids have been kidnapped. Even if they were in a Palestinian area, does that mean they should be treated like this? The Palestinians murder Israelis. The Israelis murder Palestinians. The Israelis were there first. The Palestinians were there first. 3 children have been kidnapped! All Palestinians should pay (are you serious!). All Israelis are getting what they deserve (are you serious!). The entire world is growing short on "goodwill towards all," lopsided comments means you are media drones, or clowns of the media circus.

For the last time, 3 children have been kidnapped. Let's try this for an example of how your lopsided views help......"911"..... "Yes, help, my house is on fire and my children are trapped!"......"OK, were your children playing with matches?"....."Help, my children are going to die!"........."Yes, but we need to know why the house is on fire first, ma'am."..........."But why, I don't want my children to die!"........"Well, if your children did something to cause it, then they are getting what they deserve.".........."Oh, I see, sorry 911 for bothering you." I guess those school girls in Nigeria got what they deserved too.
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by: Sam from: Israel
June 15, 2014 4:39 PM
"No one knows"? One of the boys called to the police and said that he was kidnapped. Another thing, you don't live in israel, so you don't know how it is to live in the shadow of Hamas rockets,
I do, and I don't wish you to know how that feel.
Islam is a religion of death, anyone who does not believe it must die,
so stop telling us to let the Palestians live free, they bother us, not we them.

by: kris from: oregon
June 15, 2014 12:23 PM
Hard to believe 80 Palestinians could be involved in kidnapping a platoon let alone three Israeli's. The incarcerations are meant to only inflame a reaction so that the Israeli's may respond times ten...you throw a stone and I'll lay you down you down with my tank. Israeli's do not take prisoners.

by: PermReader
June 15, 2014 11:26 AM
These Israeli teens are the victims of the Obama Kerry`s policy of Hamas included PA Authority recognition.Obama is the enemy of Israel.

by: zeegzag from: NY
June 15, 2014 11:20 AM
I was always a critic of the price attacks by jewish settlers until now.

by: Aaron from: Germany
June 15, 2014 10:02 AM
Shouldn't the Palestinians arrest the Israeli settlers for occupying land that doesn't belong to them?
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by: plainolamerican
June 16, 2014 1:50 PM
Yes, the Palestinians should arrest the Israeli settlers for occupying land that doesn't belong to them.
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by: julea from: usa
June 15, 2014 1:43 PM
No, Aaron. Britain made all Transjordan an Arab State just before Israel became a Legal State, but it has always been the Homeland for Judaism. Like it or not Judaism has the Right to exist. Jordan stole Judea/Samaria-Jerusalem in the 1948 Muslim War on Israel. 6 Muslim countries invaded someone elses Country. Jordan said it would be proud to take this region and give it to Islam, Sunni Style. It was not their Land. In 1950 they annexed it, destroyed all Jewish villages and bulldozed the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. 1967, Israel RECLAIMED it. Area C is Israeli Jurisdiction by Law. It is not, was not someone elses land. The Ottoman Occupied Israel last, just before Britain. Britain had promised to return Israel to itself, even with the Tranjordan. But because of their Bias for OIL, they gave Transjordan to Saudi. The Arab State was to be East of the Jordan River. But they took the West, illegally in the war of 1948. Its called the Pan Arab Movement. This was going on even before any extensive Jewish Immigration was allowed. The War of 1948 was not against Jewish immigrants but the ones already their even during the Ottoman occupation of Their Country.
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by: Arron from: California
June 15, 2014 1:35 PM
Amazing thing that not many know is in the Koran it says Israel was given to the Jews by Allah. In the Bible God says Israel was given to the Jews by God. If Allah and God are one and the same, then God has the final say. To date over 200 missiles were fired from Gaza into Israel. No one says nothing about that. There are many dark things that are done from both sides of the wall. This is an ancient fight between two brothers over who has the inheritance which is the land of Israel.
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by: Malka from: Israel
June 15, 2014 12:41 PM
Aaron from Germany: It is no wonder you would make such a comment when your country had no problem invading other countries and rounding up their citizens to transport to death camps.
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by: Rob from: Canada
June 15, 2014 11:54 AM
@Aaron, for one the land belongs to Israel so your comment is ignorant. Secondly by your logic, let's start the mass round ups of Germans and other Europeans for the massive theft of Jewish land, property and lives that your barbaric people perpetrated not so long ago. Two world wars initiated by you savages in 100 years and you look to critique Israel?

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