Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Islamist Hamas movement of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last week, and his defense minister warned that the group’s leaders will “pay dearly.”
Israel sent more than “a few” forces into the West Bank area of Hebron today as a search for three Israeli teenagers last seen June 12 entered its second day, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in broadcast remarks.
Israel’s security forces combed through the West Bank for three Israeli teenagers last seen on June 12 as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority responsible for their welfare.
As Khamis Nammour ladles steaming fava-bean stew onto plates of hummus at his Gaza City restaurant, he keeps an eye on the television screen for news about the Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition.
Leaders of 11 Palestinian groups signed an Egypt-mediated accord between Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ’s Fatah party, paving the way for a formal declaration of the agreement.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime” in modern history, offering condolences to victims’ families at a time when distrust between his government and Israel is running deep.
President Barack Obama faced an immediate challenge to the Middle East talks he opens today as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the Palestinians insisted that Israel hold to its freeze on West Bank settlement building.