No news on kidnapped boys. Palestinians celebrate

Left to right: Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-Ad Shayer

The 3 kidnapped teenagers: Left to right: Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-Ad Shayer

Unfortunately there is no new information about the fate of the three kidnapped boys. Their names and places of residence have now been released:

A gag order on naming the trio has now been lifted. They have been identified as Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad; Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon; and Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon.

This is what has been happening over Shabbat:

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has vowed not to rest until the boys are found and those responsible for their kidnapping are hunted down. He told reporters Saturday that authorities are working on the assumption that they are still alive.

“Because we have no information to the contrary, we are assuming that they are still alive,” he told reporters.

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Security services have been scouring the Hevron region since Friday.

The IDF has closed the main crossings into the Gaza Strip to prevent the teenagers from being smuggled into the territory, where the Islamist Hamas movement remains dominant despite the formation of the Palestinian unity government.

Over the weekend, synagogues across Israel conducted special prayers for the boys, saying Psalms (Tehilim) 121 and 130.

According to AFP, both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have denied responsibility for the attack, claiming that the kidnapping could not have been carried out by Palestinian Arabs since Gush Etzion is completely under Israeli control.

It is a somewhat weak claim given that all Palestinian terrorist attacks take place in areas under Israeli control, since no Jews live under Palestinian Authority control.

The claims appear to be a desperate attempt to deflect criticism, as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has already blamed the recent unity deal between Hamas and Fatah for emboldening terrorists.

A statement in Arabic made its way around social media over the weekend claiming ISIS, the extremist group making its way through Iraq and Syria, was responsible for the attack, but its authenticity could not be confirmed.

Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that the boys had been kidnapped:

“Our boys were kidnapped by a terrorist organization. There is no doubt about that,” the Prime Minister said in an official statement after an emergency security meeting with the Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff, adding that an intensive effort is being made to avoid the kidnapped students being smuggled out the Hevron area.

“We are in the midst of a widespread operation to locate and bring back the three young yeshiva students. I spoke with their parents, and I told them that we are doing everything possible and more to bring back their boys, who are also our children.”

Netanyahu reiterated that he holds the Palestinian Authority responsible for the boys’ safety.

“I have ordered… to demand from the Palestinian Authority, headed by Abu Mazen (Abbas) – from whose territory the kidnappers came – to do whatever necessary to help the hostages get home safely,” Netanyahu said. “That is the Palestinian Authority’s responsibility.”

On Friday a spokesman rejected the notion that the PA was responsible, but PA chief Mahmoud Abbas in a statement said he was ready to aid Israel in locating the boys.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Benny Gantz also issued a statement Saturday night.

“The IDF has been operating over the past two days in every place that needs investigating [for the return of the missing teens], in an operation which is widening in scope,” he said.

“We’ll keep an eye on what is happening in other arenas,” he continued, vowing to continue the search “with responsibility and determination.”

At the same time, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office also issued a statement via its official Twitter account that the three were kidnapped by Palestinian Arab terrorists.

“We can confirm that the 3 missing Israelis in Judea & Samaria were kidnapped by #Palestinian terrorists,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Office tweeted Saturday night.

Israeli Chief Rabbi David Lau called on the Pope to intervene with the Palestinians to solve the kidnapping.

I was not the only person infuriated at the way the media insisted on describing the boys as “settlers”. Factually this is true only for one of them, the other 2 being residents of central Israel. Secondly, even if they all lived in the heard of Hevron, the detail is irrelevant. Or as Judge Dan notes:

Elder of Ziyon reports that The Palestinians themselves are referring to the boys as soldiers because, after all, everybody knows that Israeli children grow up to be soldiers eventually. That’s how they justify the kidnapping to themselves. The Elder remarks:

Now, just imagine that a random Palestinian family lives next door to a place that appears to be where the boys are hidden. Or an Arab woman overhears a rumor that the boys are in the next village.

Can you imagine any of them, without outside incentive, telling the authorities about it?

These are minors. Kidnapping them is reprehensible, a war crime that is about as severe as anything in the Geneva Conventions. A normal person would be disgusted at this act and ashamed to be associated with it.

What percentage of Palestinian Arab society would be against it? How many would publicly say, unprompted by outside considerations (like politicians trying to keep the flow of Western money,) that kidnapping Jewish boys is to be condemned?

You don’t have to ask. Just look in the talkbacks and comments in Arab articles or message forums. You will find very few Palestinian Arabs who are outraged, or even uncomfortable, with such an act.

Gaza Palestinians meanwhile have been celebrating their glorious military victory against 3 huge armoured divisions unarmed teenage schoolboys, in the hope that Israel will be inclined to release yet more murderous terrorist prisoners (and start yet another round of kidnaps-terrorist releases-kidnaps).

Palestinians distribute sweets in sick celebration of kidnapping of 3 Israeli teens.

Palestinians distribute sweets in sick celebration of kidnapping of 3 Israeli teens.

In Gaza Palestinians celebrate kidnap of 3 teenage Israelis

In Gaza Palestinians celebrate kidnap of 3 teenage Israelis

Please pray for the safe return of:

Yakov Naftali ben Rachel יעקב נפתל בן רחל

Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim גלעד מיכאל בן בת-גלים

Eyal ben Iris Teshura  אייל בן איריס תשורה

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6 Responses to No news on kidnapped boys. Palestinians celebrate

  1. NormanF says:

    Israel is responsible for what has transpired due to cowardice, passivity and inaction.

    Cowardice by rewarding kidnappers and murderers for their crimes against Jews with freedom. Passivity in accepting kidnapping as something Jews deserve. And inaction by placing a higher police priority on vandal tagging than on preventing the abduction of Jews.

    All of which has brought to us to where we are today. Israeli policies have allowed Palestinian Arabs to openly display their hate, contempt and hostility towards Jews. Why shouldn’t they be happy Jewish children are kidnapped?

    Israel has always rewarded them for their atrocities against Jews and the sad thing is they will probably get rewarded again in the future. A crime against a Jew, from an Arab standpoint, is low risk and high reward.

    No wonder the perpetrators committed the crime they did – there is no deterrence for the kidnapping of a Jewish child.

    • anneinpt says:

      No. Israel is not resonsible for the kidnapping. Let’s be quite plain here: Hamas and/or its assorted terrorist proxies are directly responsible.

      However you are correct that Israel has not done nearly enough to discourage and deter such crimes. As you say, rewarding their crimes with terrorist releases, stressing “price tag” over real terrorism, etc.

      The world also has a lot to answer for in not holding the terrorists to account and allowing them to get away with Nazi-like propaganda and incitement against Israel and Jews.

  2. NormanF says:

    I stand corrected. I should have said Israel abetted their crime by creating an environment that made it easier for them to extinguish Jewish life. Whether its kidnapping or murder – its absolutely reprehensible to any decent human being. They are crimes punishable by death in the Torah. And Israel still has no death penalty.

    Both Israel’s government and the world have a lot to answer for in allowing the dehumanization and degradation of Jews to become an accepted fact of life. I don’t expect much of the savage Arabs. But civilized people must draw a line in the sand in the face of their behavior.

    If not now, then when?

  3. Reality says:

    I have just heard (I have no idea if this is true) that Abbas’s wife is being treated in Assuta hospital in Israel.Are we mad?We should use her to trade for the boys.She should be placed in jail with no medication until the boys are returned alive.What is wrong with Bibi?

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