At just after 6 PM on Thursday, Hamas called a special press conference where they said very little.
The Hamas senior official, Salah Bardawil, said that Israel is trying to destroy the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
He threatened Israel saying, “all options are open to Hamas,” if Israel escalates and continues the attacks against them. Hamas can start a third intifada.
He claimed that Israel’s rearresting the terrorists released in the Shalit deal is a breach of the Shalit agreement.
Hamas claims they didn’t kidnap the boys, but they praise whoever did.
Simultaneously, Israel ran their own press conference, where they also said very little.
The participants in that conference included Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yaalon and the Chief of Staff.
They said they are making progress, and the primary goal is to bring back the kidnapped boys. They know more about the kidnapping than earlier, and Hamas is responsible.
A secondary goal is neutralizing Hamas, and they again called on Abbas to kick Hamas out of his government.
A lot of TV time on both sides, with nothing new said.