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The Wait Continues for the Return of #EyalGiladNaftali

The Wait Continues for the Return of #EyalGiladNaftali

“Nothing is harder than not knowing.”

Reports yesterday that Israel surrounded a house in Hebron briefly raised hopes that the IDF had found Gil-ad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach who were kidnapped Thursday night as they made their way home from Yeshiva for the Sabbath. Israel reported that two Hamas operatives were arrested at the house but that neither the kidnappers nor their victims were there.

It’s been reported that one of the students called the police to say that he’d been kidnapped on Thursday night.

Israel has arrested at least 80 senior members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Prime Minister Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and told him that “he expected his assistance in securing the return of the three kidnapped teenagers, and that the Hamas-Fatah pact is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians and bad for the region.” Abbas condemned the kidnapping as well as Israel’s attempts to find the students. (He did not offer any praise for Israel’s medical system. Abbas’s wife was treated in an Israeli hospital on Friday.)

If Abbas was less than remorseful he may have been encouraged by the European Union, which has been silent about the kidnappings, despite praising the Fatah-Hamas unity government. However Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the kidnappings as a “despicable, terrorist act.”

Israel has called up reserves and move Iron Dome batteries to the south.

A Fatah linked terror group, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed to be holding the teens, but not in Hebron where the IDF has focused its search. The group sent a message:

“We won’t release the three children, except in return for thousands of prisoners,” the statement read, according to a translation posted online by the Israeli 0404 news outlet.

There are doubts about the veracity of the claim. Two other unverified claims of responsibility have been made.

Israel Hayom reported on how the three families are coping with the uncertainty about the well being of their sons and brothers. Shmuel Shai Cohen, the grandfather of Gil-ad Shaer said, “Nothing is harder than not knowing.”

The IDF released a video about their efforts to find the three.

[Photo: TwitterPic from IDF ]


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Juba Doobai! | June 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Israel needs a death penalty; it is an entirely Biblical way to deal with intentional murderers and kidnappers. This is hard to say, but Israel must also stop releasing terrorists in exchange for people kidnapped because it encourages more of the same behavior. Why replenish the terrorist pool?

One just cannot imagine what the families are going through, five days of their children missing with no news. For the rest of us we can only pray but also tell the world about the sky high level of ugly racist sentiment in Arab society that celebrates this heinous crime because it is a clear demonstration of why there cannot be a Palestinian state at the present time.

I don’t know if readers of this site have had the opportunity to see the cartoons that have been released by official Arab bodies as these are not reported in the mainstream media, but even the logo of the football world cup has been repulsively manipulated to show three hands grabbing Jews.

Uncle Samuel | June 17, 2014 at 7:46 am

Israel Matzav reports Fatah claims responsibility for the kidnapping.

More proof Islam is Islam – from Fatah to Hamas to Muslim Brotherhood to Al Queda to ISIS.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | June 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

    To paraphrase Obama – “The Future of Civilization has no place for those who follow the hateful, racist, misogynist, aggressive, supremacist, intolerant, barbarous, violent ideology of Islam.”