Three young Israeli kids in their teens are murdered: Eyal Yifrach, 19; Naftali Fraenkel, 16; and Gilad Shaar, 16. They were known to have been hitchhiking home from a Jewish seminary where they had been studying near the town of Hebron. They were last seen getting into a car at about 10.00 pm on June 12, 2014. Their bodies were found under a pile of rocks two and a half weeks after they were last seen near the village of Halhul just north of Hebron. Some reported they had been shot.
After their disappearance a huge manhunt was conducted by Israel which resulted in 400 arrests. Israel has named two persons as the chief suspects in the murder. They are Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha who are thought to be members of Hamas, the Palestinian organization deemed a terrorist group. Both men are presently at large. Both men have previously been in Israel prisons.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said these teenagers “were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals.”
THE CALL FOR THE VENGEANCE:
Netanyahu has also said: “Satan has not yet created vengeance for the blood of a small child, nor for the blood of pure teens that were on their way home to see their parents, and who will never see them again.”
Israeli ministers, including Danny Danon, the hard-line deputy defence minsiter, demanded sweeping action to “eradicate” Hamas,“We will not stop until Hamas is completely defeated. The homes of the terrorists must be demolished and their arms caches destroyed.
Naftali Bennett, head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, wrote “there is no forgiveness to the murders of children” and “this is the time for actions and not for talk.” Yisrael Katz, the transportation minister said Israel must “act with all our strength against Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank and teach Hamas a lesson.”
David Pearl, a leader of the community council in Gush Etzion, called on the Israeli government Monday night to deport anyone connected with terrorism to Gaza or Jordan. “How is it possible that two terrorists were allowed to walk freely and kill our boys?” “Such people and their entire clan need to be put on trucks and sent out of Israel.” He added, “We have had enough.”
THE INITIAL VENGEANCE:
Prime Minister Netanyahu said “that, already, hundreds of Hamas activists have been arrested, dozens of institutions in Gaza have closed and homes have been demolished.”
THE SECOND TRAGEDY: ANSWERING THE CALL FOR VENGEANCE:.
An Arab teenager Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, 16, was forced into a car in his East Jerusalem neighborhood and was murdered. He was burned alive by those listening to their leaders. His body was found in a Jerusalem forest.
THE CONTINUING VENGEANCE:.
Prime Minister Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian group Hamas for the murder of the three Israeli teenagers. He launched attacks against the citizens of Gaza.
In a like manner Arabs in East Jerusalem blame Israel for the death of the Arab teenager. They launched attacks with rocks against the other citizens of Israel. Arabs in Gaza launched rocket attacks against Israel.
Israel attacks by July 12 had hit over 1,100 targets in the Gaza strip. Hamas has fired 100s of rockets from Gaza into Israel injuring a handful of Israelis.
DEATH TOLL AS OF JULY 12. 2014
Israeli dead: 3 teenage boys.
Paletinian dead: 1 boy burned alive, over 125 including women, teenagers and children in air attacks.
2002: 167 Palestinians: 6 Israelis
2008-09: 1,166 Palestinians: 13 Israelis
More Palestinian deaths; more people brought into the cycle of hatred.