International community condemns kidnapping of Israeli teens

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: World Economic Forum.

( Leaders from some of Israel’s top allies have expressed their outrage and deep concern over the abduction of the three Israeli teens last Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a statement released on Sunday, said he “strongly condemns” the kidnapping and called for the teens’ “quick and safe return home.”

Kerry added that the U.S. government would continue to “seek details on the parties responsible for this despicable terrorist act, although many indications point to Hamas’ involvement.”

One of the abducted teens, Naftali Frenkel, holds a dual American-Israeli citizenship. A delegation of 40 French members of parliament, who were touring Israel, visited with the Frenkel family on Monday.

“The kidnapping shows more than anything else Hamas’s intentions,” said French MP Meir Habib, the head of the delegation, the Jerusalem Post reported. “It is important that this message is relayed in France, too: Peace cannot be made with terrorists.”

Other Israeli allies, including Canada, Great Britain, and Spain also condemned the kidnappings. U.N. Secretary of General Ban Ki-moon called for the teens’ immediate release and for both Israel and the Palestinians to “exercise restraint.”

Posted on June 16, 2014 .