On June 12, Hamas terrorists, apparently, kidnapped three Israeli teenagers: Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Sh’ar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16.
During 2013 alone more than 50 attempts by Hamas to kidnap Israeli citizens were intercepted by Israeli security forces and thwarted. There has been a clear escalation in such attempts, along with other forms of terrorism emanating from Palestinian-controlled territories, since the formation of the pact by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with Hamas was announced.
While we have seen many countries and organizations around the world endorse the Abbas-Hamas pact, we saw too few condemn it for clearly leading up to the kidnapping of the three teens by Hamas terrorists. A clear lesson to be learned is that endorsing terrorism does not tame or reform it, but rather empowers it and encourages it to be more vehement and violent.
Currently all of our efforts and resources are directed at the speedy and safe return of those three teens to their families and loved ones. We embrace them, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during these difficult times.
Deputy Consul General of Israel
to the Mid-Atlantic Region