(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas is behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank on Thursday, following widespread arrests of Palestinian terrorists on Saturday near Hebron.
"This morning I can say what I could not reveal yesterday, before the wave of arrests," Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday. "The people behind this abduction are members of Hamas, the same Hamas with whom [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas has established a unity government."
"There will be serious consequences," the prime minister added.
Overnight Saturday, Israeli security forces conducted a wide-ranging arrest of 80 Palestinian suspects, including senior Hamas leaders—Hassan Yousef, Wasfi Qabaha, Khaled Abu Arafeh and Mohammed Totah—as well as several Islamic Jihad members.
But during the raids, security forces were unable to locate two Hamas terrorists who are believed to have not been seen since Thursday, the day of the kidnappings.