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Netanyahu: Abbas responsible for safe return of kidnapped settlers
Published Saturday 14/06/2014 (updated) 15/06/2014 17:14
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An Israeli soldier stands guard in the West Bank town of Hebron on
June 14, 2014, as the Israeli army searches for three teenagers who
went missing near a West Bank settlement (AFP Hazem Bader)
TEL AVIV (AFP) -- Israel holds President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority responsible for the safety of three settlers snatched from the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

"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 at a press conference at Israel's Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

"That is the Palestinian Authority's responsibility."

"Our boys were kidnapped by a terror group, undoubtedly," Netanyahu added, according to the Israeli news site Ynet.

"We are in the midst of a massive operation to find and return the three missing youths," Netnayahu told the press conference.

Israeli soldiers were deployed heavily in the Hebron district Saturday in a search for three missing teenagers presumed kidnapped from near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

A spokesperson for the PA security forces said Friday that the PA was "not responsible" for protecting settlers.

Adnan Dmeiri said he was unaware of any cooperation with Israel in the search for the settlers, adding that the area from which the settlers are thought to have been kidnapped is under full Israeli control.

Eyal Yifrach, 16, Gilad Shaaer, 19, and Naftali Frenkel, 16 disappeared Thursday night.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Mel / USA
15/06/2014 00:41
Hey Bibi! Why don't you check with your Kach-Shas-Kahanist-voter-trash who occupy Gush Etzion? See if they "kidnapped" your"boys"as a false flag?Gush Etzion is a nest of Zionist B.Goldstein-adoring Judeo-fascists who terrorize non-Jews & turn their colony-kids brains schizo!What? You're holding Abbas responsible for the illegal Israeli military/civil occupation now? Maybe Bibi's hoping to get the votes from Gush Etzion,from Avigdope Lieberman?

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
15/06/2014 01:24
In 1948 the Palestinian Arabs and their Jordanian allies massacred 127 Jews at Kfar Etzion after thy surrendered. They then razed Kfar Etzion and the other three Etzion villages to the ground. After 1967 the orphans of those massacred rebuilt the Etzion block. They now number 80,000. In 1974 Palestinians killed 22 students from Safed. In 2008 Palestinians massacred 8 students at Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem and celebrated the deed. In the second intifada they massacred 124 Israeli children...

3 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
15/06/2014 01:29
Part II - No matter what atrocities the Palestinians commit and celebrate, the Israelis are not leaving their land in Jerusalem or in Judea and Samaria. The answer to these Palestinian atrocities is for Israel to continue building in Judea and Samaria. The Palestinians can have Gaza and area "A" in the West Bank.

4 ) d'Arc - HIDE / USA
15/06/2014 03:22
Abbas should record an emergency message to all Palestinians - Go into Self-Lock-Down as they did in Boston. Lock your doors, hide in any basement reinforced room, lock that too. The ISIS is just as dangerous and ruthless as the IDF and will stop at nothing. The Self-Lock-Down should include ALL PA security forces. Netanyahu's next step will be to target them individually. HIDE.

5 ) Robert / US
15/06/2014 04:38
Abbas isnt responsible for anything !!! Are you kidding ? ,get out of occupied territory !!

6 ) Betz55 / USA
15/06/2014 07:15
Netanyahu is soley responsible for the illegal settler squats living in Palestine against international law. If three Palestinians were kidnapped this would elicit not one word from Netanyahu. The only terrorist entity in Palestine are the illegal settler squats and the IDF. NETAYAHU GET YOUR ILLEGAL SETTLER SQUAT OUT OF PALESTINE INTO ISRAEL PROPER. YOU TRYING TO MAKE THE PALESTINIANS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FAILED POLICES IS B*LLSH*T. PERIOD.

7 ) Julie / USA
15/06/2014 08:46
this supposed kidnapping has: 1. NOT been claimed by any Palestinian group, 2. it has NOT been proven to be what happened to these ILLEGAL criminal squatters, and 3. they are NOT the PA's responsibility. settlements are ILLEGAL, these criminals shouldn't have been in the WB to begin with. but bibi satanyahoo & his apartheid regime insist on breaking international law! it's also very likely this was a staged false flag op to give bibi an excuse to punish Palestinians.

8 ) Benny / USA
15/06/2014 10:41
To those who support the terrorist state of Israel..why at heart are you so beholden to a fraud state that systematically subjugates, imprisons and murders a people that had NOTHING to do with the Holocaust??? You do realize that Israel is living on borrowed time, and the wheels have already been set in motion regarding BDS, and a host of other measures that will deservedly punish this heretic state. One most hope that those settler boys are returned unharmed even though they are illegal's.

9 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
15/06/2014 12:08
Julie - you are the illegal settler on stolen land. That is a fact. You are the criminal who should be arrested and thrown out of occupied America. Go back to Europe where you came from and take the other American settler land-thieves with you.

10 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
15/06/2014 18:59
To Julie, three Palestinian groups including Islamic Jihad, have taken credit for the kidnapping. Islamic Jihad has now taken back its claim. None of the three groups committed the kidnapping. It was Hamas and Hamas will pay. BTW Etzion block is a pre1948 group of communities destroyed by the Palestinians in the 1948 war and rebuilt by orphans of those slain in one of the many Arab atrocities of the war of independence.

11 ) Joe / USA
15/06/2014 20:28
You'll never see them gain because Israel has them.
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