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Israeli right demands punitive measures against Palestinians following abductees' murder

Palestinian teenager killed in clashes in Jenin while Israeli Air Force strikes over 30 targets in Gaza. Hamas still denies involvement in the deadly kidnapping.

Israeli soldiers near the Palestinian city of Halhul, where the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found. (photo: Activestills)

Israeli soldiers near the Palestinian city of Halhul, where the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found. (Photo: Activestills.org)

In response to the murder of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped two weeks ago, the Israeli Air Force struck 34 targets in Gaza Tuesday night, while four rockets were fired into southern Israel from the Strip. In the West Bank, the Israeli army killed 16-year-old Yusef Abu Zaga in Jenin after it entered the city to make arrests.

Israel’s High Court approved the destruction of the home of Ziyad Awad Tuesday morning. Awad is standing trial in military court for the murder of Baruch Mizrachi, who was killed while traveling with his family near Hebron on Passover eve. Awad has not been convicted of the allegations leveled against him.

Israeli troops reportedly damaged the family homes of two suspects in the deadly kidnappings, although the army initially denied demolishing the homes. Elsewhere in Hebron, Israeli settlers reportedly threw stones at Palestinian homes and one Palestinian man was reportedly taken to hospital after being beaten by soldiers. Settlers also reportedly marched through the Old City of Hebron demanding revenge.

The damaged family home of Amer Abu Aisheh, one of two Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was damaged by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Abu Aisheh has not been arrested by security forces have been searching for him since the kidnappings, his family says. (Photo by Activestills.org)

The damaged family home of Amer Abu Aisheh, one of two Palestinians identified by Israel as suspects in the killing of three Israeli teenagers, after it was damaged by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Abu Aisheh has not been arrested but security forces have been searching for him since the kidnappings, his family says. (Photo by Activestills.org)

After the boys’ bodies were discovered on Monday, Israeli politicians quickly spoke of the need to deal a blow to Hamas, which they have consistently accused of being behind the kidnappings. Hamas has maintained that it did not carry out the kidnappings or murder of the teenagers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were, “abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” and that, “Hamas is responsible — and Hamas will pay.”

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that the Israeli government sees Hamas as “responsible for the kidnapping and murder, and know we will settle the score with them.” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said, “we will continue to strike forcefully against Hamas, for the sake of the future.”

Watch: IDF blows up the home of Amer Abu Aisheh:

Politicians on the far right were less restrained in their calls for revenge. Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said, “there is no absolution for the murderers of children. Now is the time for actions,” harshly criticizing what he saw as Netanyahu’s lackluster response to the murders.

Read +972′s full coverage of the kidnappings and ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’

Housing Minister Uri Ariel added that in addition to striking back, there must also be “an appropriate Zionist response,” an allusion to building new settlementes. Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked stated, “We must deal accordingly with a nation whose heroes are children murderers.”

Israeli mourners console each other during a memorial for the three murdered teens in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. (photo: Activestills)

Israeli mourners console each other during a memorial for the three murdered teens in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, June 30, 2014. (Photo: Activestills.org) Israelis gathered in public squares in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other major cities to publicly mourn the three yeshiva students, who were missing for over two weeks before being found dead in the southern West Bank Monday.

Likud MK Miri Regev, who has never shied away from making controversial statements, took the opportunity to target MK Haneen Zoabi, who recently refused to call the kidnappers “terrorists,” and called on Israel’s attorney general to put Zoabi on trial. Regev said she was positive the Knesset would not grant her immunity.

Zehava Galon, leader of the left-wing Meretz party, said about the deadly kidnappings, “there is no doubt that blood is boiling following the murder of the three kidnapped teens, but Netanyahu’s test of leadership lies in his ability to show restraint and avoid escalation, refusing to get dragged down by the voices of the right who seek revenge and draconic collective punishment.” Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh condemned the murder, saying that “the deaths of the Israelis and Palestinians is the result of the collective tragedy that the two nations live in, the tragedy of an ongoing occupation.

More on the kidnappings:
Three kidnapped Israeli teens found dead in the West Bank
‘I don’t want my kids to experience a third intifada’

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    1. Hamas continually advocates kidnapping of Israelis. In 2010 Hamas’ Palestinian Information Center published a Kidnappers Guide to Abduction called “Resistance – A View from the Inside” by Mohammed Arman, one of Hamas’ leaders, who was sentenced to 36 life sentences in Israel.

      The book deals with planning and carrying out abductions.

      Hamas cells are often compartmentalized and carry out attacks as they see fit in accordance with Hamas ideology. They are encouraged to do so as part of the jihad. The military side of Hamas often acts without consultation with Hamas “civilian” leaders.

      Hamas having encouraged and instructed that cells should engage in kidnapping cannot now disown the fruits of one of its Hamas cells.

      Israel needs to act wisely against Hamas and its leaders. It needs to greatly reduce Hamas’ infrastructure in the West Bank and to confine it to Gaza. It will be up to Hamas’ actions whether Israel engages in a serious ground operation in Gaza. In the meantime Israel can take civil actions to limit the ability of Hamas to operate its civil infrastructure in Gaza. Israel can limit imports, electricity, fuel and people into the Gaza strip.

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      • Reza Lustig

        Yes, more collective punishment! MORE MORE MORE!!!

        Your answer to the suffering of innocents is to extend it to other innocents, because of who runs their city. Thus always, from the Zionists.

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    2. Ginger Eis

      In these solemn hours, may we all bow in prayers for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.

      ‘Fully compassionate G-d on high:
      To our loved ones Eyal, Gilad and Naftali who have entered eternity grant clear and certain rest with You in the lofty heights of the sacred and pure whose brightness shines like the very glow of heaven.

      Source of mercy:
      Forever enfold them in the embrace of Your wings; secure their souls in eternity.

      Adonai: they are Yours. They will rest in peace.

      Amen.’

      (Mr. Edo Konrad, this is certainly not time for politics as usual. Have you no self-control and sense of decency?)

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      • Jg

        You give batshit on dead Palestinians and show no decency if they are killed week by week since years. So you’re not the person to demand anything

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        • rsgengland

          Your nasty comments display your lack of morality
          The post by Ginger was for the three teenagers that were murdered by Hamas and its lackeys
          When Hamas and the others murder Jews they hand out sweets and celebrate
          Israelis regret the deaths of others including Palestinians
          A subtle difference, but one I doubt you would have the ability to recognize judging by your post

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          • Baladi Akka 1948

            3Israeli regret the death of others including Palestinians”
            Yeah, like the soldiers celebrating the death of a 16 years old in Jenine, right ?
            http://www.electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israeli-soldiers-celebrate-killing-palestinian-youth-revenge

            And we all remember the cheering on Facebook a couple of yaars ago when 10 Palestinian children died in a bus accident. Or the picknicking on the Gazan border during Cast Lead to see the killing in situ….
            How much in love with your own navel can one be ?

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          • Ginger Eis

            1. You mean the “16 years old in Jenine” who was killed while attacking soldiers? I think that’s suicide by cop.

            2. With regard to the drunken Israeli youths rejoicing at the horrible fatal accident of Palestinian children, I will tell you this: that was wrong and shameful, an abomination and an affront to the People of Israel who overwhelmingly reject such acts. I concede. Israelis are not perfect, but we make the effort to be better.

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          • Baladi Akka 1948

            Nope, I’m not talking about “drunken Israelis” ! I’m talking about dozens of comments posted on Bibi’s Facebook. I even think 972mag wrote an article about that.
            And don’t waste your hasbara-crap on me !

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          • JG

            You should pull a bit deeper in your ass, maybe you find some evidence where you got all that other shit from. But that is to be doubt.

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      • Baladi Akka 1948

        “Sense of decency” ?
        There’s something sick in your tribal navelgazing. I remember how you tried to ‘explain’ that the two Palestinian youth killed by the Israeli army on Nakba Day were just faking.
        Why don’t you try to rewrite the killing of the three Israeli teens too ? After all, maybe they committed suicide, and the telephone call was a fake, who knows …. I’m sure you can come up with a scenario.

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        • Ginger Eis

          Israeli soldiers killed nobody on “Nakba” day! Until investigations show otherwise, that’s the truth. Get that through your thick head and stop the lies and hate campaign!

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          • Mike Panzone

            What investigation? Surely it must be easy to find out which israeli soldiers shot those teens, but when is israel going to conduct one even half as intensively as it has conducted the search for the three jewish teens?

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    3. Ginger Eis

      Dignified In Anguish And Sorrow

      Rachelle Fraenkel: “We still thank you for bringing boys home; Rest in peace, my son. We’ll learn to sing without you. We’ll always hear your voice inside;

      Dear soldiers, intelligence personnel and police, we still thank you very, very much. You promised you would find and bring them back. And you brought them back. That is a great kindness, too;

      From the very first day, we said to ourselves that even if it ends badly, God gave us an abundance of blessings, wonderful young men, children with noble souls, a large and empowering community.”
      (Source: TOI)

      The parents of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali have been very graceful and dignified in the face of heart wrenching horror. May G-d grant them fortitude to bear the devastating pain of the loss of their sons.

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    4. Ginger Eis

      Police Release Recording of Kidnapped Teen’s Frantic Last Call. In chilling recording Gilad Sha’ar can be heard telling the operator ‘they’ve kidnapped me!’ before shots ring out.

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182402

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    5. shachalnur

      I have a problem with the spot the bodies were found.

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