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West Bank crackdown 'to end in days'
Published Monday 23/06/2014 (updated) 25/06/2014 09:23
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The major Israeli military incursion in the West Bank will come to an end in a few days, a high-ranking Israeli military officer said Monday.

Speaking to the Hebrew-language news site Walla, the officer highlighted that after 11 days, the military operation across the West Bank, with a focus on Hebron district, has failed to find a clue leading to the three teenage settlers believed to have been kidnapped in the southern West Bank.

The officer pointed out that overnight detention raids would not stop, although the major incursion would come to an end. He added that the operation started against what he called “terrorist infrastructure” of Hamas immediately after the Israeli political echelon announced that Hamas was behind the kidnapping.

After 11 days, added the top Israeli officer, the military operation can’t continue in the same pattern especially after the Israeli forces have almost completed their "bank of targets."

Surprisingly, the officer said the army considers the operation a success, despite that it failed to lead to a clue about the missing teenagers. The success, he added, is based on the fact that large numbers of Hamas supporters have been detained, and that the infrastructure of Hamas in the West Bank has been crippled.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
23/06/2014 20:48
Is Israel is interested to cripple Hamas as an organization, or to find the 3 missing settlers. I guess Hamas is a priority for Israel than finding the 3 missing which I doubt they care too much about. The unity government will not be dissolve so what's next?. Hamas is but a nightmare for Israel, a force that will hunt Israel for a long time and will not disappear. Even if dissolve, they will exist as a imaginary force in their own mind to use when its appropriate.

2 ) US SOLDIER / USA
23/06/2014 21:12
Hmm... Surprising the search to find them "end in days". This seems more like a fairy tale, just an excuse to arrest everyone part, spoke, seen, or even near any member of Hamas to arrest them for who knows how long

3 ) Arnold / Canada
23/06/2014 21:17
Either the boys are dead and never to be discovered or whoever is holding them has no idea what to do with them vis a vis a ransom for their return.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/06/2014 21:19
'...Surprisingly, the officer said the army considers the operation a success, despite that it failed to lead to a clue about the missing teenagers...' Kinda let the cat out the bag there, didn't he? The statement is only 'surprising' if one gives credence to Israel's claim that it was attempting to locate the missing settlers -- and that in turn would require a belief that the statements of the Israeli government have any credibility in the first place.

5 ) Mel / USA
23/06/2014 22:15
He must know something about where the "missing"settlers are hiding out?
'Detention raids'haven't stopped since the Nakba in 1947! That's "Normal" Zionist policy! The WHOLE Zionist occupation/persecution of Palestine,is the "incursion". Everything else is REACTION to that! That was the idea,right,to have 3 settlers go 'missing',to launch a Round-Up of Hamas in WB? How to break Palestinian unity & influence division!

6 ) Maureen / Australia
23/06/2014 23:46
What a lot of B.S! Another Zionist false flag, for sure!

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
24/06/2014 00:00
Maan News says that the "West Bank crackdown will end in days", but Israel News says that ** THE SEARCH WILL NOT END **, UNTIL THE TEENS ARE FOUND - Period, so only time will tell.

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
24/06/2014 07:10
- Palestinians feel that rocket attacks on cities, kidnappings, & terrorism are all appropriate responses to Israel's existence, and - Israelis feel that a security fences, check-points, & "crackdowns" are all appropriate responses to Palestinian actions, and - Their Two Situations Are Probably Never Going To Change !!!

9 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
24/06/2014 07:14
Success in getting Khaled Mashaal to admit publicly that Hamas endorses the kidnapping of children. This goes along with Hamas endorsing suicide bombing of civilians. So there you have it - the official partner in the unity government of Palestine supports, encourages and endorses war crimes.

10 ) Julie / USA
24/06/2014 16:02
@9 the collective punishment of Palestinians (in this search for 3 teens of a fake kidnapping) is a war crime. so there you have it - the izraeli government is committing war crimes...again, as usual and as always.

11 ) JoeFattal / USA
24/06/2014 18:49
If Israel is doing this crackdown to cripple Hamas in the West Bank they will fail. You can't cripple a movement which Hamas is. You can call them anything under the sun but they still a movement to resist an occupation. You don't get up in the morning and decide to become one of them, its almost a hereditary movement that support Palestinian freedom. And as far as the 3 missing settlers Israel will keep them where they are until the situation is more convenient for them.

12 ) @ "End in days" / Fantasy
24/06/2014 22:57
Whether the unity PA is aware, or not, of who snatched the Israeli teens, it is responsible for all crimes committed from the West Bank's Areas A & B, for punishing such "snatchers", and releasing their Israeli teen victims, and The unity PA's unwillingness to punish the Arab "snatchers", and release the Israeli teen victims, entitles Israel to continue searching for them, both how it chooses, and with international support, * FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO RELEASE THE TEENS.
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