The Israeli Government has admitted that Hamas did not kidnap the 3 Israeli boys – But the two kidnappers were members of Hamas, but were acting ‘alone’. Before any one lays accusations of ‘lying’, lets take a closer look. Here’s the article in the New York Times. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/hamas-didnt-kidnap-the-israeli-teens-after-all.html
…The NYMag by the way didn’t mention any of this….
So what do we know?
(1) The two kidnappers were Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme –
(a) Abu Aysha’s father, Omar, who has spent time in an Israeli prisons for ties with Hamas.
(b) Abu Aysha’s brother Zayd, also a member of Hamas, was killed in November 2005 during a clash with IDF soldiers in Hebron.
(c) Abu Aysha’s mother added, if her son did take part in the kidnapping, she was proud of him
(d) Abu Aysha was arrested on two separate occasions, in 2005 and 2007, for involvement with the terror organization.
(a) Kawasme, a 29-year-old barber who used to cut Abu Aysha’s kids’ hair, was detained by the Palestinian Authority and by Israel in the past. His family is known to be affiliated with Hamas. His uncle Abdullah Kawasme was the commander of the organization’s military wing in Hebron and was killed in a battle with SWAT officers in November 2003.
(b) Kawasme was arrested five times, and in 2004, at the age of 18, spent 10 months in an Israeli prison. In 2010, in the course of an interrogation, Kawasme confessed to belonging to Hamas: He conceded that he had been involved in training operatives in caves around Hebron, that he oversaw the obtainment of materials to produce explosives, and that he recruited youngsters to the terror group. He was released in 2012.
(3) Hamas officials in Hebron confirmed the two suspects were members.
-clearly you can see why Israel thought that these two suspects kidnapped the boys in the name of Hamas.
(4) Was Israel just supposed to take the honest to goodness word of Hamas? And not search for the boys?
(5) Should Israel apologize that the boys were kidnapped, killed and that Israel searched for them? No. Would Hamas members have revealed information even if they did kidnap the boys?
(6) Claims of Collective Punishment: Eugene Kontorovich, international law professor at Northwestern University and Hebrew University has stated, “rounding up suspects, or potential witnesses, is not punishment, but rather rudimentary investigative process; especially when the crime is thought to be committed by a complex terror organization, the number of potential witnesses is high.” Kontorovich cited as an example that police often arrest members of a gang after a crime to further investigate the perpetrators or criminal acts.” http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-israels-operation-to-find-kidnapped-teens-a-war-crime/
(7) Should Jews apologize that the search was done, that Hamas responded by firing rockets and that by Israel entering Gaza they discovered the vast extent of the dozens of tunnels. What do you think Hamas was doing building tunnels into Israel for?
(8) “Hamas officials in Hebron confirmed the two suspects were members, and said Israeli troops have targeted the men’s homes since the beginning of the operation. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears for their safety, said troops had entered the homes several times, conducting intense searches and confiscating items as evidence.
A senior Palestinian intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said the two suspects are believed to be hiding and that Palestinian security forces were also searching for them.”