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Palestinian Official: Hamas is Behind Kidnappings

Palestinian Authority intelligence has as­sessed that Hamas is behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teens, The Times of Israel report­ed, citing a Palestinian official. This assessment is in line with both the conclusions reached by Israel and a statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The official said that the kidnapping would mark a breach of the understandings between Fatah and Hamas, and would render their uni­ty agreement null and void.

The official, who spoke on condition of an­onymity, also said that the assessment in Pal­estinian intelligence is that Hamas, or a faction within Hamas, was responsible for the kidnap­pings Thursday night of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frankel.

Despite the growing consensus on Hamas’ involvement, as well as the possibility that this will significantly undermine the possibility of the Hamas-Abbas deal gaining internation­al respectability, EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen distanced himself from a call for the breakup of the new Palestinian gov­ernment the Europeans gave their backing to only weeks ago.

“We don’t think this unacceptable kidnap­ping is something that the technocratic gov­ernment can be held responsible for, because [the government] consists of non-party-affiliat­ed personalities,” Faaborg-Andersen said. “We consider Hamas a terrorist organization and we have no dealings with it. But Hamas, Islam­ic Jihad and other terrorist groups do not have representatives sitting in this government.”

Israel maintains Hamas’ terror activities of late were not merely restricted to the abduc­tion. Terrorists fired numerous rockets from Ha­mas-controlled Gaza over the last couple of days.

By TheTower.org Staff

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