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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hamas commander Saleh Arouri goes Poof! - why didn't the US demand his extradition?

Some of you may recall that for the last two years or so, Turkey has been sheltering Saleh Arouri, a Hamas terror leader who was responsible for, among other things, the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers in June 2014.

Now, it seems that Arouri has disappeared from Turkey - apparently under pressure from the United States.
“[Saleh] al-Arouri is not in Turkey at the moment,” sources from the Turkish Foreign Ministry told Hürriyet Daily News. The same sources, nonetheless, declined to elaborate on whether al-Arouri had ever resided in Turkey, as Israeli officials have claimed, and whether he was recently deported, as news reports have suggested.

The explanation by Turkish officials following months-long silence on the issue came only days after Israeli Channel 10 reported last week Turkey had bowed to pressure by the United States and ordered al-Arouri, who Israel has accused of organizing terrorist attacks in the West Bank, to leave the country.

Channel 10 suggested the Turkish government agreed to al-Arouri’s ouster because it was one of the prerequisites for Turkey’s entry into the Western coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The explanation by senior Foreign Ministry sources came on the same day when Khaled Mashaal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, was scheduled to arrive in Turkey for a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, amid the flurry of regional contacts made by Hamas, which have intensified since the recent nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers.
I believe that Naftali Frenkel HY"D (May God Avenge his blood) was a US citizen, and I have to wonder why the United States did not demand Arouri's extradition to face charges in the US. I'm sure Frenkel's family is wondering the same thing.

Here's hoping the Mossad finds Arouri soon and deals with him the way Israel knows how to deal with terrorists.

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