Baruch Dayan Emet. May Hashem avenge their blood #EyalGiladNaftali

May Hashem avenge their blood. Eyal Yifrah, Gil-ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel, murdered by terrorists

May Hashem avenge their blood. Eyal Yifrah, Gil-ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel, murdered by terrorists

The worst possible news has just been announced after a couple of hours of rumours flying around Israel: the bodies of the three kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel were discovered near Halhoul, in the Hebron area:

Israeli searchers on Monday discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, who were abducted on June 12, north of Hebron in the West Bank.

The bodies were found in an area between Halhul and Karmei Tzur on Monday afternoon. Israeli security forces, which had been conducting extensive searches in the area, sealed off the area and declared it a closed military zone. Hebron was also sealed off.

A search team from the local Kfar Etzion field school, along with IDF soldiers from an elite unit, found the teens. The local volunteers had been asking for two weeks to join the search.

Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were kidnapped on the night of June 12 at a hitchhiking post outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.

The bodies were found at about 5 p.m., bound and partially buried, in an open field in a hard to access area known as Wadi Tellem. The site was less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from where the teens had been abducted.

The three Israeli teenagers had been killed soon after their abduction, and the bodies were apparently disposed of hurriedly. The bodies were not in a good condition when they were found, Channel 2 said. “It was a harrowing sight.”

Forensic experts identified the bodies at the scene. The bodies were flown to the Abu Kabir Institute for Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv on Monday evening for definitive identification. Israelis placed mourning candles outside the institute later Monday night.

Israel’s security cabinet convened in emergency session. Among other decisions, it was expected to demand that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sever his unity government partnership with Hamas.

Israeli authorities on Thursday had named two Hamas members as prime suspects in the kidnapping.

The two, Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, have been missing from their homes in Hebron’s Hares neighborhood ever since the kidnapping took place. The two were allegedly in the car in which the three were abducted.

The two were still at large on Monday night, and Israel’s security forces were making intensive efforts to track them down.

IDF troops surrounded the homes of the two suspects late on Monday evening.

Hamas leaders in the Hebron area were reported to have made themselves scarce, anticipating that they would be sought by the security forces. Hamas has not taken responsibility for the kidnapping and killings; a Hamas spokesman was quoted warning on Monday night that “any Israeli response will open the gates of hell.”

IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz was in the Halhul area, overseeing the ongoing operation.

Hamas officials in Hebron confirmed the two suspects were members, and said Israeli troops had targeted the men’s homes since the beginning of Operation Brother’s Keeper. The officials said troops had entered the homes several times, conducting intense searches and confiscating items as evidence.

The general theory being posited by commentators and analysts on the various Israeli news programs is that the boys were shot very soon after being kidnapped. Under these circumstances, despite the police’s criminal incompetence, a quick police response would probably not have made a difference to the tragic end, although four police officers have been fired for incompetence.

The officers do not include the “Shaham” cop performing his national service in the police, who answered the call and passed it on to his supervisors. He was found by the probe to have conducted himself as expected.

Those removed from their posts include the head of the operations branch of the Judea and Samaria district, the deputy head of district operations, the head of the police control center where the call was handled, and the shift leader responsible for supervising the dispatch center that night.

During the 2:09 call, which was received at 10:25 pm on June 12th, a single voice can be heard whispering “they kidnapped me” after which he goes silent. The call was not given the proper urgency or handed over to security services until nearly five hours later, when one of the boy’s parents reported him missing to police.

Despite that, the call was apparently perceived as being important, because the supervisor at the Judea and Samaria District Police dispatch station made a total of 8 attempts to call the number the call was placed on. Seven of these were after the line went out, and of these, 5 went directly to voicemail.

The handling of the call represented a severe failure “that ran along along the entire chain of command at the center, crossing a series of police, officers, and commanders,” police said Monday.

The probable scenario of the night of the kidnapping has been reconstructed as much as possible:

The prevailing assessment within the defense establishment is that the kidnappers, at least at first, only saw one of the hitchikers, perhaps Yifrach, who did not know Shaar and Fraenkel. Only once the kidnappers’ Hyundai i35 came to a stop did the kidnappers realize that they would be outnumbered by their hostages within the small confines of the car. This may be what changed the nature of the crime from kidnapping to murder, security sources suggested.

Inside the Hyundai, Israel alleges, were Hamas terrorists Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme.

Recognizing, too late, that the car was not an innocent Israeli vehicle, one of the teens called the police at 10:25 p.m. and whispered, “We’ve been kidnapped.” The call was transferred immediately to a senior female officer, who continued to ask questions but received no reply. The call lasted for 2:09 minutes and was then cut off. The officer called the number eight more times, but received three busy signals and reached voicemail five times.

The kidnappers, apparently realizing that a call had been made, shot the three teens dead soon afterwards in the backseat of the car, military sources said.

Early assessments by some regarding the professionalism of the terrorists appear to have been misplaced: the killers seem to have panicked. The three teens did not fulfill the role Hamas sought for them, security officials indicated, to serve as bargaining chips that would free thousands of Palestinians prisoners and promote the Hamas brand throughout the West Bank.

The killers then drove a further 10 minutes or so before switching vehicles. They abandoned the Hyundai i35, a relatively new vehicle, and set it on fire.

They transferred the bodies to the second vehicle, and drove close to the field in the Halhul area where the three corpses were ultimately discovered, bound, partially buried, and in what eyewitnesses said was “in not good condition,” on Monday afternoon. The land where the bodies were found belongs to the Kawasme family, Channel 2 news reported.

The tragic irony is that the police’s snafu might very well have saved the boys – if the terrorists had only realised how incompetent our police really are:

Unbeknownst to the killers, the emergency call had not prompted an alert by Israel’s security forces. The senior officer did not pass on the information to her superiors or listen to the recording for further evidence, concluding that it was a prank call. The security forces realized there had been a kidnapping, and began what became an 18-day search operation, only some seven hours later.

Assuming that they were being hunted down right away, the kidnappers quickly abandoned the three bodies, and made their escape.

In fact there are reports that in the background of the recorded distress call, shots could be heard:

BuzzFeed spoke to an Israeli official involved in the case, who confirmed that during the police call a gunshot can clearly be heard. The car, he added, had clear evidence of foul play. Over the last week. Israeli soldiers could be seen digging through rocks and dredging wells in Hebron in the search for the teens.

“We have been operating, for some time now, with evidence that these boys were killed,” he said. “It is with a heavy heart that we realized we were looking for bodies.”

Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the murder and vowed that Hamas will pay:

“With a heavy heart, we have found tonight three bodies, and all of the information we have indicates that these are the bodies of the abductees – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali,” Netanyahu began.

“They were murdered in cold blood by human animals,” he said. “In the name of the entire Jewish people, I want to say to the dear families – mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, sisters and brothers – our hearts are bleeding. We are crying with you.”

“We will bring the boys home to be buried in Israel,” he continued.

“Revenge over the blood of a small child is not the devil’s work, and neither is revenge for the blood of a teenager or young man – who was on his way to meet his parents – and whom was never seen again,” he added. “Hamas is responsible. Hamas will pay.”

“May the boys’ memories be for a blessing.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres also issued a response Monday night, expressing his solidarity and grief.

“An entire nation bows its head in unbearable grief this evening,” Peres stated. “I embrace and grasp the hands of the mothers and fathers of Naftali, Eyal, and Gilad, who devoted their lives to raising their children.”

“For 18 days, the people prayed in unison that we would find these boys alive and healthy,” Peres continued.  “Now, upon receiving the news, all of Israel mourns their untimely deaths.”

“As we mourn, we must punish these terrorist criminals,” he added.

Hamas had the chutzpah to warn Israel against reacting to the murders or else they “will open the gates of Hell” – i.e. “We’re going to murder you and don’t you dare defend yourselves or retaliate”. Don’t those barbarians realize they have already opened the gates of Hell – upon themselves.

The Palestinians showed themselves as the monsters they really are by stoning the ambulance that removed the boys’ bodies! (from the Muqata’s facebook page, h/t Israel Matzav). Once again I wonder how on earth we are supposed to deal with un-humans like that.  They are so distorted and blinded by hate that they cannot even let us bury our dead in peace.

Palestinians stone IDF ambulance transporting the boys' bodies

Palestinians stone IDF ambulance transporting the boys’ bodies

Politicians on both the right and the left expressed their rage and sorrow at the murder and were calling for a strong IDF response.

So what is the army and government going to do about the murder? The good news is that the army has been given the go-ahead to “shoot first, ask questions later”:

Residents of the Halhoul area were rioting Monday night, throwing rocks and bricks at IDF soldiers who are searching for the murderers of the three teens, whose bodies were found bound and buried in a shallow grave nearby.

IDF officials told Channel One that even though the bodies of the teens have been found, Operation Brother’s Keeper has not ended.

Analysts have said, in fact, that it was possible that the IDF would take a “wider approach” to security-related issues in the area.

“Until now, the working assumption was that be boys were alive, so they were careful when they entered buildings and caves, in case the youths were there together with the terrorists,” said a Channel One political analyst. “I can tell you for a fact that that is over. Since tonight, the default mode for soldiers is to first shoot and ask questions later,” the analyst said. “There is now nothing to stop the army, since the youths were found murdered.”

However, priorities must be kept and the army are worried about other baddies too – namely graffiti painting teenagers. Oh, the horror!

Meanwhile, among the major concerns among security officials on Monday night in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens is the fear that Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria will engage in “price tag attacks” against Palestinians. Sources in the army, Channel One reported Monday night, said that the security cabinet was set to discuss how to deal with possible “revenge attacks” by Jews furious at the murders of Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha’ar (16) by terrorists.

International leaders too condemned the murders.  Let us just hope that their resounding words and demands for the killers to be brought to justice will be translated into real support for Israel, and not requests for restraint (from Israel, never the Palestinians) as was issued by the White House:

While France and Britain sharply condemned the murders of Israeli teen kidnap victims Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16), and Gilad Sha’ar (16), the US limited itself to a tepid “condemnation of violence” that appeared to apply equally to Israelis and Palestinians. In the statement, the White House said that it “condemned the violence that has taken the lives of innocent civilians.”

In its own statement, the State Department said that the murders were a “tragedy,” but called on “both sides to maintain patience and restraint.” The statement also urged Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue their security cooperation.

or condemnations for disproportionate response (again from Israel, never the Palestinians) which are bound to appear as soon as Israel makes some serious headway in its war against the terrorists.

Following the news of the murders, Israelis, who only yesterday were united in prayer and optimism, joined together in grief and solidarity with the families, as can be seen in this Arutz Sheva photo-essay:

The following are some of the moving scenes from across the country, as the news spawned spontaneous prayer and remembrance vigils.

Lighting memorial candles at the Gush Etzion Junction, close to where the boys were abducted

Lighting memorial candles at the Gush Etzion Junction, close to where the boys were abducted

 Memorial candles at Rabin Square, central Tel Aviv

Memorial candles at Rabin Square, central Tel Aviv

Let us all pray for the pure souls of the murdered boys and may we be able to continue the wonderful unity that was engendered in the entire Jewish nation in the wake of this tragedy.

May their deaths not have been in vain and may Hashem avenge the blood of

Yakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah  יעקב נפתל בן רחל דבורה
Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim גלעד מיכאל בן בת-גלים
Eyal ben Iris Teshura  אייל בן איריס תשורה

May their families be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may their memory be for a blessing.

יהי זכרם ברוך. ברוך דיין אמת

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15 Responses to Baruch Dayan Emet. May Hashem avenge their blood #EyalGiladNaftali

  1. Reality says:

    I don’t believe that our response will be anything more than razing empty houses at the very most.There wete a few politicians who said we have to react as if we are in the midst of a war.Others asked or referred to bringing the death penalty in as law. I wish.Then there’ll be no more exchanges.Until now I thought that if anyone would mention it,it could harm the boys safety,but now it’s time to open the discussion.
    יהי זכרם ברוך

  2. LL Cheung says:

    This is sooo sad, for everyone, especially the families, the mothers, fathers and siblings. May peace from above come to everyone’s mind in these hard times. I will always remember these three boys, sons of Israel. May their memory be for a blessing, indeed. T_T 😦

  3. Earl says:

    I made the mistake of reading the WH and State position statements in the matter. “Vomitous”, “milquetoast” and “supine” best describe the dreck. I hope Reality is wrong, and that the IDF, Mossad and Shin Bet are given carte blanche, indefinitely, to continue hunting down and killing this evil wherever found. To do otherwise makes mockery of any Israeli government claim of safeguarding its citizenry.

    • anneinpt says:

      You’ve perfectly described the Administration’s response – especially considering one of the victims was American.

      I too hope Reality is wrong but fear she is right, from bitter experience. As I type, the cabinet is having huge arguments about a suitable response. Naftali Bennett demands a very strong response. Yair Lapid, Tzippi Livni (spit) and Moshe Yaalon (I really am surprised at this) condemn Bennett and say we need a measured response. I don’t understand Yaalon. He was chief of staff, he knows the enemy, he was a big right-winger and security hawk. What’s happened to him? Who nobbled him?

      • Brian Goldfarb says:

        Perhaps by “a measured response”, Yaalon means “get the leaders with targeted assassinations and make sure sure no young people get killed. Let’s show the world just who the monsters really are. We don’t kill children.”

        An indiscriminate (“strong”) response may satisfy our immediate emotional needs but won’t do Israel any good. Behead the hydra that is Hamas and keep doing it. Show the bastards that the game of “wackamole” is zero sum, and they are the moles who will be zero.

        • lewy14 says:

          I agree with Brian here. “Measured” doesn’t have to mean “weak”.

          Hamas screwed up and they must be made to pay a price or Israel will suffer more of the same. That price must be steep, but it pays to target the terrorists paying the price very precisely. Reading below, it looks like the IDF is indeed doing this kind of targeting.

          Where “restraint” should be eschewed is the scope of the operations. Doubtless the IDF has a list of targets. What they should do is simply exhaust it, even if it’s a thousand entries.

          And as Obama himself has demonstrated, it doesn’t pay to capture terrorists. They just become bargaining chips. Kill them, preferably with drones, so as to keep the US State dept looking as ridiculous as possible if they complain.

          • anneinpt says:

            Hi Lewy, sorry your comment got caught in the spam filter. Don’t know why.

            I agree with you on the intellectual level, but my heart just tells me to bomb them all and damn the consequences.

            I know that in the long run you, Brian, and the IDF of course are right. But sometimes you just need a very big Bang – to satisfy our thirst for revenge if nothing else.

            What annoys the hell out of me is the world calling on Israel for restraint. When have we ever NOT been restrained?? We are ALWAYS restrained, otherwise there’d not be a bloody Palestinian left walking this earth nor any roof for them to live under. Compare Israel’s responses through the decades and wars to the West’s anywhere in the Middle East, Yugoslavia, Africa…

            Well, I don’t need to preach to you but the smug self-righteous hypocrisy of the US and Europe makes me sick.

            • Brian Goldfarb says:

              “What annoys the hell out of me is the world calling on Israel for restraint.” Sod restraint. Hammer the bastards, but make sure it’s the perpetrators or those either ordering them to do the job or failing to restrain them.

  4. Fay says:

    My heart is heavy. Such beautiful boys, I can’t begin to imagine how their parents feel. I pray for them and for Israel.

    “The State Department, meanwhile, said that the murders were a “tragedy,” but called on “both sides to maintain patience and restraint.” Because why? Does being patient stop these savages from kidnapping, murdering and bombing Jews? No? Didn’t think so.

    “The IDF launched extensive airstrikes in Gaza on Monday night, hitting more than 30 targets in the Hamas-controlled region. The IDF said in a statement that 34 terrorist targets throughout the region were targeted in the strikes.”

    Good, “restraint” is the last thing Israel needs right now.

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers Anne, stay safe.

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you Fay. The almost Pavlovian demands for Israeli restraint are not only outrageous, frustrating and hypocritical, but they make no sense. Why would anyone hit their enemy with restraint? There’s no sense logically, militarily, strategically or tactically.

      It’s antisemitism in a civilized veneer. But why do our leaders listen to these demands?

  5. Elliott says:

    The once again murder of innocents is another reminder that Islam is a religion of savages. We are witnessing modern-day evidence of this savagery by the cannibalization of their own in Syria and Iraq and their desire to extend their savagery to western civilization under the name of their religious belief. The savages that attacked the ambulance carrying the bodies of the innocents are the product of their religion and the training given to them by their savage military, religious and educational leaders. By now, after centuries of indoctrination to engage in genocidal savagery, they are symptomatic of – no longer the basic cause of – their religion of savages. Extracting a diseased tumor requires not only the merciless removal of the symptom – the tumor, it also, and more importantly requires addressing the cause. Not only should Israel methodically detect and remove the infrastructure of the savages, but more importantly, it should now, at long last, invade, alter and remove the signs of genocidal indoctrination and hate against Jews and western humanity. Destroy their military camps and alter the education of children in schools, in mosques and wherever anti-Semitic teachings and propaganda is practiced. Free speech and religious practices are not licenses to advocate, teach and encourage savagery and this principle must be learned, applied and enforced henceforth – not with the false hope of eliminating savagery, but at least to express some effort by civilized humanity to confront and defeat evil, Now, it is an Israeli mandate. Hopefully, before it is too late, it will become the responsibility of the rest of civilized humanity

  6. Andrea says:

    I have not got any words today for this barbarian murder but my sincere condolences to the families.

  7. Reality says:

    Elliot I wish you’d run for prime minister here.You have my vote.

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