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Is the Israeli Kidnapping Real - or False-Flag?

June 22, 2014

"Netanyahu, I can’t stand him. He’s a liar."
- French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Barack Obama, November 2011


The recent unity pact between Hamas and Fatah brought the two long-divided factions together to create a strong and united Palestinian government. The Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu of the far-right Likud, a coalition of Zionist terrorists, condemned the new Palestinian government with Hamas as being united with "terrorists".


On June 12, three teenagers from an illegal Israeli settlement on the occupied West Bank disappeared.  Netanyahu blames Hamas, which has denied any involvement.


Based on nothing but unproven allegations, Netanyahu has cracked down across the West Bank, killing at least 4 Palestinians.  Israeli and Palestinian critics alike, however, suspect that Netanyahu has committed another false-flag operation to allow him to wage war on the new Palestinian government. How will this sordid affair end? Will it mean the end for Netanyahu?

It was a major development for the Palestinian people when the two leading Palestinian political parties, Fatah and Hamas, announced a unity pact in late April 2014.  Predictably, the Israeli government and U.S. State Department condemned the unity pact that brought the two factions together after seven years of division.

The Israeli government, headed by Benjamin Netanyahu of the far-right Likud coalition of former terrorist parties, called for the world to reject the united Palestinian government:  "I call on all responsible elements in the international community not to rush to recognize a Palestinian government which has Hamas as part of it and which is dependent on Hamas," Netanyahu told his cabinet, according to Reuters.

Faced with a stronger and more united Palestinian government, Netanyahu desperately sought for ways to convince the international community that Hamas is a terrorist organization that cannot be dealt with.  The reported abduction of three Israeli teens, yeshiva students from illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, gave Netanyahu the excuse he needed to crack down on Palestinians across the whole expanse of occupied territories.

While Netanyahu blames Hamas for the abduction of the three teens, the Israeli and international press, such as The Economist, point out that “it is unclear who did the deed”:

The abduction of three young Jewish settlers on June 12th near the city of Hebron, in the south of the West Bank, has stirred Israeli emotions as viscerally as the kidnapping of a young Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, by militants of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement, eight years ago. This time it is unclear who did the deed… Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has blamed Hamas, which, to his fury, has recently sealed a Palestinian unity government with its more secular rival, Fatah.

…Israeli politicians and generals say they are certain Hamas is behind the kidnapping. But the movement has denied it.
The Economist, “Stirring bad blood,” June 21, 2014

While Netanyahu blames Hamas, senior Palestinian officials think the kidnapping story may be a fabrication; a false-flag operation designed to vilify Hamas and provide an excuse for Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.  This line of thinking is supported by well-known Israeli critics like Gilad Atzmon and such skeptical opinions are widely reported in the Israeli and international press:

Senior officials from both the United Nations and the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday suggested that Israel might have fabricated the story that three Jewish youths - Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel - were abducted by Hamas terrorists last week.
-  “UN, PA Suggest Israel Made Up Abduction Story” by Ryan Jones, Israel Today, June 18, 2014

It hasn’t been clearly established that the 3 Israeli settler teenagers were abducted. As time has passed, more and more analysts believe that the recent affair may be another Israeli false flag operation. Remember that the Mossad’s motto is ‘By Way of Deception.’ As we review the available evidence, we see that the ‘kidnap’ provides Israel with an opportunity to hit hard at Palestinian civilians and leadership.
- Gilad Atzmon, “Ed Miliband: A Shameless Zionist,” June 19, 2014

"I have no credible information that Hamas was behind the kidnapping.  Does Netanyahu have such information? I do not intend to punish anyone based off suspicions or because Netanyahu claims something.”
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, “Abbas to Haaretz: Netanyahu should denounce deaths of three Palestinian teenagers” by Jack Khoury and Barak Ravid, Ha’aretz, June 22, 2014

"Let's think well of the growing possibility that all what's happening is a play that wasn't produced well and that no one was kidnapped in the first place."
- Mahmoud al-Aloul, “Fatah official: Kidnapping of Israeli boys nothing but an Israeli 'play'” by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2014

"He cannot keep blaming one side without showing evidence. When you go to court if you don't show evidence you lose your case.  Three kids have disappeared, but in exchange for that the Israeli army has taken 300 Palestinians... Their reaction went beyond logic. They have destroyed more than 150 Palestinian homes since last week… if Netanyahu has any evidence, he has to put it on the table."
-Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki, “Palestinian FM: Israel overreacting on abducted teens,” AFP, June 20, 2014

If the kidnapping of the three teens is an Israeli false-flag operation designed to allow Netanyahu to crack down on Hamas and the Palestinian people, it certainly would not be the first time.  The way that Netanyahu has exploited the situation to try and force the international community to reject the new Palestinian government suggests that this is the real purpose behind the abduction. 

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) asks why Netanyahu does not apologize for the killings of three Palestinian teens during the recent crackdown:

“I said the kidnapping was a crime, but does that justify the killing of three Palestinian teens in cold blood? What does Netanyahu have to say about the killings? Does he condemn it? Look at what’s happened all over the West Bank over the past days, the violence and the destruction of homes. Is that justified?”

Abbas continued that Netanyahu needed to “see how his soldiers behave toward Palestinians. What will I tell the families of the three Palestinian teens who were killed? Why were they killed? We’re human beings, just like you. Can the Israeli government demonstrate the same feelings and say they are human beings and deserve to live? The Palestinian people are frustrated over how they are treated. As if the Israelis were human beings and the Palestinians are not. We don’t want terror and we don’t want war. We want peace.”

The Prime Minister’s 
Office stated in response, “Abu Mazen’s words would have substance if he dissolved his alliance with Hamas, the organization behind this abduction and which calls for the destruction of Israel.”
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, “Abbas to Haaretz: Netanyahu should denounce deaths of three Palestinian teenagers” by Jack Khoury and Barak Ravid, Ha’aretz, June 22, 2014
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.600256

Is the kidnapping of the three teens real or is it a false-flag operation?  There are a number of things that indicate that neither Hamas nor any other Palestinian group is behind the abduction:

1.  After 10 days, Netanyahu has not presented any evidence to support his allegation that Hamas is behind the kidnapping.

2.  Neither Hamas nor any other Palestinian group has taken responsibility for the kidnapping. Hamas, for its part, has officially denied being involved.

3.  No demands, such as an exchange of prisoners, have been presented by any such group. Why would a Palestinian group kidnap Israelis and make no demands while the Israeli army wreaks havoc and kills innocent people in the occupied territories?

If Netanyahu has real evidence that Hamas is behind the kidnapping, why doesn’t he show it?  Why would he hold back with the evidence that would make his allegations credible? 

If this ends with the missing teens being rescued, how will Netanyahu try to convince the world that Hamas was truly behind the kidnapping?  If Netanyahu cannot prove his case against Hamas with solid and indisputable proof that the Palestinian organization was really behind the kidnapping this could very well be the last such hoax that Netanyahu pulls.  


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