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Thursday, June 19, 2014

US urges 'restraint' in search for kidnapped teens, Obama still silent

President Hussein Obama hasn't gotten around yet to condemning the kidnapping of three teenagers by 'Palestinian' terrorists on Thursday night, but his State Department today urged Israel to exercise 'restraint' in searching for them. They wouldn't want to make Hamas uncomfortable or something... (Hat Tip: Red Tulips).
The United States on Wednesday called on both Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to "show restraint" as Israel tightened their grip on Hamas hunting for three kidnapped teenagers, AFP reports.
"We recognize this is an incredibly sensitive and difficult circumstance on the ground, and we feel all sides should exercise restraint," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
Psaki confirmed Wednesday that Frenkel is also a US citizen and said US officials had been in touch with his family.
"We urge both sides to exercise restraint and avoid the types of steps that could destabilize the situation," she warned.
The US has been notably quiet about the kidnappings, drawing intense criticism from both Israelis and American Jewry over what many see as a blasé attitude toward the situation. 
While President Barack Obama has yet to release an official statement on the abduction - despite the fact that six days have passed - US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the kidnapping on Sunday. 
"We are still seeking details on the parties responsible for this despicable terrorist act, although many indications point to Hamas' involvement," he said.
"As we gather this information, we reiterate our position that Hamas is a terrorist organization known for its attacks on innocent civilians and which has used kidnapping in the past."

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