Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel will strike hard against Hamas for the kidnapping of three teenagers outside a West Bank settlement and demanded that the Palestinian leadership help to find them.
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.
Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip and killed at least 10 Palestinians, and one Israeli died in a Palestinian rocket attack, in the worst round of violence between the two sides in more than two months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel renewed contact “a few weeks ago,” with a German mediator negotiating with Hamas for the return of an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip for more than four years.