Israeli security forces conducted an overnight manhunt in the West Bank, arresting 80 Palestinians connected to the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers. Three boys were on their way home from high school in a Jewish settlement this past Thursday when they were kidnapped. Prime Minister Netanyahu has accused terrorist group Hamas with the abduction.
"Today I can say what I refrained from saying yesterday ahead of the wave of arrests that captured Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria. Hamas men carried out the kidnapping. This is the same Hamas with which Abbas entered a unity government. This has grave consequences," Netanyahu said. "At this point our focus is on returning the abductees home."
Palestinian officials reject Netanyahu’s accusation that Hamas is responsible. Although Hamas has praised the apparent kidnapping, they will not own up to accepting responsibility for it.
Israeli government is doing everything it can to bring the boys home. The entire nation of Israel weeps for them. A mass prayer service was held yesterday at the Western Wall.
The names of the three teenagers are: Naftali Frenkel, 16; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19--who carries dual American-Israeli citizenship. Click below to hear a song from Israel—a cry of the people to have their boys returned:
Please pray for their safe return home!