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Hamas didnt kidnap and kill the 3 Israeli teens

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM
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It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

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When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. 

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas's handiwork after all. 

Non-plagiarizing BuzzFeed writer Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions: 

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she was proven right:

Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas. This pattern of deception continues under the ongoing military offensive in Gaza. For example, last week in collaboration with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Abbas, in its efforts to alienate Hamas, Israel announced a bad-faith cease-fire proposal, which Hamas was not consulted on and never agreed to but whose violation supposedly justified Israel’s expansion and intensification of the military campaign into Gaza.

Despite continued negotiations, the violence shows no signs of letting up, and after Thursday night's massive protests in the West Bank, there is still no ceasefire agreement. On Friday, it became clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's attempts to broker a seven-day truce were rejected by Israeli officials. Instead, Israel will apparently widen its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, despite international outcry about the civilian death toll. According to unnamed officials, the proposed truce was too generous to Hamas's demands. 

Hamas, meanwhile, still hasn't weighed in on the agreement, whose details are being kept secret, but continued to launch rockets into Israel. International peace talks are set to resume in France this weekend, and we're keeping our fingers crossed.

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by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM
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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:21 PM
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I never believed they were the work of Hamas.  IMO, I believe Israel was behind the killings as they were looking for public provocation to push further into the Gaza Strip.  

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM
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Yeah, me too.

 

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

I never believed they were the work of Hamas.  IMO, I believe Israel was behind the killings as they were looking for public provocation to push further into the Gaza Strip.  

 

They are the losers, those who make the religion hard and tough. They imperil themselves who enforce tough practices of Islam. They destroy themselves, those who are extremes.



——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Masud in Sahih Muslim.

survivorinohio
by René on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:41 PM

BUMP!

angelaicky
by Bronze Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 7:59 PM
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They never presented any evidence, it was all an excuse to start this killing again because of the Unity Deal.
Della529
by Matlock on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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Same here.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

I never believed they were the work of Hamas.  IMO, I believe Israel was behind the killings as they were looking for public provocation to push further into the Gaza Strip.  


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM
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I hate to say it but that is what I suspected as well.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

I never believed they were the work of Hamas.  IMO, I believe Israel was behind the killings as they were looking for public provocation to push further into the Gaza Strip.  

supermonstermom
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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Since a "non plagiarizing" blogger said so, it must be true.

Israel must be lobbing rockets at themselves too.

Arroree
by Ruby Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:21 PM

BUMP!

angelaicky
by Bronze Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM
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I dont know for sure if it was a plot, i just think the timing was strange. We are just talking and giving opinions. But there is still no evidence about who kidnapped those boys. At least nothing I've seen reported.

Quoting supermonstermom:

Since a "non plagiarizing" blogger said so, it must be true.

Israel must be lobbing rockets at themselves too.

nb34
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:26 PM
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  I knew all along it was an excue to kill Palestinians. Israel always seems to come up with one. How convineient. Obviouslt MOSAD is hard at work here.

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