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Israel PM calls Abbas, says expects help finding teens
Published Monday 16/06/2014 (updated) 18/06/2014 15:56
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Israeli soldiers inspect a house in the West Bank village of Tafoh,
near Hebron, on June 15, 2014, as they search for three
teenagers who went missing near a West Bank settlement
(AFP/Hazem Bader)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday telephoned President Mahmoud Abbas and said he expected him to help ensure the safe return of three kidnapped teenagers, a statement said.

Abbas' office also issued a statement condemning both the kidnapping of the three youths and the results of a massive Israeli crackdown to find the perpetrators.

"I expect you to help in the return of the kidnapped youths and the capture of the kidnappers," Netanyahu told the Palestinian leader.

It was their first telephone conversation in nearly a year, and came as Israeli forces conducted the biggest arrest operation in years, focusing predominantly on Hamas movement, which Netanyahu has accused of kidnapping the three youths in the southern West Bank.

"The Hamas kidnappers went out from territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority and returned to territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority," Netanyahu told him.

Adnan Dmeiri, spokesman for the Palestinian security services, said Friday that the PA was not responsible for the safety of settlers and had no way to prevent the possible kidnapping of the teenagers.

Dmeiri said the PA had no information about the missing settlers, and noted that Gush Etzion, the settlement from which the teenagers are believed to have disappeared, "is under Israeli security control."

"And the PA is not responsible for the security of settlers," he added.

Abbas' office did not immediately confirm the telephone conversation, but issued a statement in which he condemned the kidnapping and also hit out at the massive Israeli crackdown aimed at finding those responsible.

"The Palestinian presidency... condemns the series of events that happened last week, beginning with the kidnapping of three Israeli youths," it said, but also denouncing a massive wave of Israeli arrests during which a young Palestinian was killed near Ramallah overnight.

"The presidency reaffirms the importance of neither side resorting to violence," it said, also hailing the efforts of the Palestinian security forces in "keeping the peace" and preventing the territories from being "dragged into chaos and instability".

On Monday, Israeli soldiers killed 20-year-old Ahmad Sabarin during an arrest raid in Ramallah's al-Jalazun refugee camp.

The raids are part of a wide-ranging campaign to locate the three Israeli youths, identified as Gilad Shaer, 16, from Talmon settlement near Ramallah, Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon, and Eyal Ifrach, 19, from Elad, both in central Israel.

Thousands of Israeli soldiers were deployed in the Hebron area following the incident, with near constant raids on Palestinian homes.

Over 150 Palestinians have been detained in the current arrest campaign.
1 ) Mutassim / Palestine
16/06/2014 14:42
President Abbas should tell Netanyahu to stop collectively punishing Palestinians, stop killing them, and call the dogs off our people. No one wants the boys to be lost or hurt. Netanyahu & IOF will escalate this & we will suffer the consequences. What about our kids in prison, not important to them. If anyone knows where these Israeli boys are, tell they someone they are safe.

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
16/06/2014 15:53
Bibi 'expects' rather than requests help from Palestinian President Mr Abbas. As if Bibi is a master and Mr. Abbas a servant. Which world does Bibi live in? I expect 19th century as shown by his behaviour. Mr. Abbas should tell him to get lost till such time he requests help.

3 ) Nadir / Jenin
16/06/2014 16:08
Using the word teenagers by a Palestinian news agency amounts to betrayal. write (Colonizers) or at least (settlers). Are you afraid of angering the funder of your news agency?? If you are Palestinian, you won't be afraid

4 ) Carlos / usa
16/06/2014 19:26
3 israeli's kidnapped and we do not know who did it. 150 Palestinians kidnapped and we know who did it, the israeli government of terror. May Ahmad Sabarin rest in peace! My heart goes out to him and his family. I am boycotting all things israeli.

5 ) Tobias / USA
16/06/2014 19:29
The spokesman for the Palestinian security services,
* ADNAN DMEIERI, LIED, where the PA can "prevent kidnappings", and
all that is required is keeping their Oslo Accord promises, to
* FIGHT TERRORISM (as promised) - PERIOD.

6 ) @ Mutassim-1 & Reader-2 / Expecting-Telling, Negotiating
16/06/2014 19:43
-2- Both sides "expect rather than request", and
Both must realize that it never worked that way !!
-1- It is pointless for President Abbas to tell Netanyahu "to stop killing", or anything else, just as it is pointless for PM Netanyahu to tell Abbas to start fighting terrorism (as promised) or anything else either !!
- The time for either side "telling" the other never existed, and
or the situation will remain the same for another 65 years !!

7 ) Lucy / USA
16/06/2014 19:56
THERE WAS NO KIDNAPPING PEOPLE!!! Did Hamas dig a under the sea tunnel to get to the West Bank? Get serious.. Netenyahoo is a liar and an evil satanic man. He wants this co-motion to break the unity Government..

8 ) Sam / Kenya
16/06/2014 20:49
Why can't muslims, jews and christians live in peace and harmony on the same land?

9 ) Julie / USA
16/06/2014 23:46
how dare bibi 'expect' help from the brutally oppressed to find these 3 zionist criminals, and how dare the ALLEGED disappearance of these ILLEGAL criminal squatters take media attention & precedence over the cold-blooded MURDER of innocent Ahmad Sabarin in Ramallah!!!!!!!! HUGE DIFFERENCE between disappeared and murdered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! take izrael to the ICC, show them who the real boss is!!!!!!

10 ) Joe / USA
17/06/2014 00:57
If they were realy kidnap by any group associate with Hamas at least they are alive, they usual bargain with them. Israel has the habit to kill teenagers. What Netanyahu would rather have, 3 dead teenagers and a note saying, we even. Besides he needs to check on his right-extremists, they might have them. They have more to gain by blaming the PA for the kidnapping.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/06/2014 01:08
A hero dies but once, a coward a thousand times. At some point, the PA is going to have to stand up to Israel. They want to rule an area, tell them to do their own policing.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/06/2014 03:24
to Nadir #3: '...write (Colonizers) or at least (settlers)...' 'Settlers' would probably be the most objective term. As in, 'in 1943, the Polish Home Army massacred several hundred German SETTLERS in the Zamosc region of Poland.' Not an action anyone boasts of, but necessary.

13 ) Zingo / Beirut
17/06/2014 08:40
So much for Netanyahu boycotting the Palestinian government.

14 ) Mel / USA
17/06/2014 20:56
Abbas! You're an OCCUPIED Palestinian.You freedoms,ancestry,land,culture,heritage are being stolen &raped by Zionism,still.Israel's armed forces &armed civilian militia thugs execute,murder,detain,spit at,molest,insult Muslim &Christian Palestinians still,after 80yrs! Or did you choose to forget & not remember,as Israeli's have? Tell Bibi he can shove his "expectations"up his expectoration tracts!
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