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Kerry Finally Hears About Abduction

Nearly three days after abduction, news reaches US gov't; Kerry 'encourages full cooperation' with PA security forces

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John Kerry stuck in Lausanne for more talk with Iran.

John Kerry stuck in Lausanne for more talk with Iran.
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Nearly 72 hours after Eyal Yifrach, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 18, were kidnapped, the United States of America has come to the careful conclusion that the abduction was an act of terrorism!

Prior to the announcement, it had appeared that Secretary of State John Kerry and other American officials had been blissfully unaware of the incident south of Jerusalem. Apparently the news got to Kerry late Sunday morning (US time).

As of this writing, it is not yet clear whether President Barack Obama or former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton have heard about the kidnapping, as neither have made any statements on the issue.

Kerry said “many indications point to Hamas involvement” in the abduction. He reiterated the US position that “Hamas is a terrorist organization known for its attacks on innocent civilians and which has used kidnapping in the past.”

“The United States strongly condemns the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and calls for their immediate release. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. We hope for their quick and safe return home.
As of this writing, however, President Barack Obama has not spoken out on the incident, despite the fact that one of the hostages, 18-year-old Naftali Frenkel, is an American citizen.

Kerry said the United States would “continue to offer our full support for Israel in its search for the missing teens, and we have encouraged full cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian security services.

“We understand that cooperation is ongoing,” the secretary said.

Meir Halevi Siegel

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  1. He’s been a real disappointment.

  2. Guy Peters says:

    And yet
    Kerry has recognized the unity of terror governance
    Pressured Israel to appease them
    Kerry & 0bama continue to fund them with hundreds of millions of misappropriated taxpayer’s $$$$!
    0bama still playing golf & milking demoncrats & dumb0crats for $$$$! ?

  3. Beth S Brock says:

    The WH really needs a FB account. They disgust me

  4. Steven Na says:

    Lurch never fails to disappoint.

  5. Steven Na says:

    Lurch never fails to disappoint.

  6. Step down why oh why did we lose a General a true hero who deserves another star for his self sacrifice and take KERRY OUT? POR QUE?

  7. Pinchas David says:

    Why would a Shiite Muslim and his Dhimmi care about a US Jew in Hebron?.

  8. Where has he been if he has only found out now. Was he caddy boy for Obama?

  9. Are we surprised? Obama behaves like a muslim and Kerry either like an idiot or like he thinks we are.

  10. How could he not? Lies all lies

  11. David Adda says:

    What did you expect from those liberal morons?

  12. I just don’t get it ? How can such a big dumb ass like Kerry be in power and do all the stupid things he does ? WTH ?

  13. Again, what did u not understand Kerry, Hamas has your blessing

  14. Baba Booey says:

    John Kohn Kerry, the King of the self haters. Thomas Friedman is the Queen.

  15. Kerry must have read about it in the news (along with Obama).

  16. Yet the US will continue to work with the PA-Hamas unity government.
    How is it that only one president of all the nations of the world has the guts to tell the truth?

    A watershed speech by Czech President Miloš Zeman

  17. Jay Grosflam says:

    For those that think Kerry did not know, you are ALL simpletons.

  18. Lee Mann says:

    he is not of any use.

  19. why america has not commented on the kidnap youngesters yet

  20. James Etter says:

    Thats OK he will hear about it on the news.

  21. After Kerry, spoke on government television. Keep he and Obama off the tele. Spreading message of a worldwide coup.

  22. Jena Morris says:

    Disgusting. Haven’t seen it on the evening news in US either

  23. Sorry folks, that’s because men are disposable in the US. Only women count. Thats when we start tweeting!

  24. Lies and calumny from people who think they can work with terrorists and murderers. He was advised of this before 72 hours by the Israelis. Can't believe a thing this administration says. Sad!

  25. Jacob Maslow says:

    It’s been covered extensively in the papers. Us news has 22 minutes and can only cover 3-4 stories. You can’t reasonably expect it to be covered there. Look at it as an outsider.

  26. Jacob Maslow says:

    Netanyahu also didn’t name Hamas.

    As Netanyahu explained he couldn’t. Naming Hamas before the arrests would have caused the leaders to flee to Egypt or escape.

    Idf arrested 80 leaders of Hamas and attacking Hamas publicly would have compromised the operation.

    It was the army’s decision that Netanyahu and the us not name Hamas.

  27. Jacob Maslow says:

    Arresting 80 different people in a hostile populace is an amazing feat and required many logistics including sealing areas off and the gag order.

  28. Jerry Kaluski – I am disgusted by the lukewarm reaction by our administration in the timely failing to condemn Hamas and the PA in the kidnapping of three teenagers including one, an American citizen. It appears we are still playing footsie with the terrorists.

  29. Robin Zinke says:

    Now tell me Why the 3 young men is more important than anyone else who is kidnaped… I prayed for them last night and Hope the Best for them but still they are no more than anyone…

  30. He’ll hear about it on the news

  31. Obama and he are absolutely responsible for these Palestinians acts. They backed Hamas PLO unity. They menace Israel with isolationism, put pressure on Israel and are working with Hamas, funding them.

  32. Put some speed into it. Get the lead out

  33. Karen Bryant says:

    This whole administration is an embarrassment to our country.

  34. The End is on the next st….

  35. Excuse me! Since when would Kerry make ANY statement without the “proper” supervisors knowing? If Obama doesn’t say anything about this it is because he chooses not to. We should assume the proper channels are followed or they loose all accountability.

  36. Amazing! Myself, a former cold war era intelligence man figured that it was terrorists after simply reading it in the paper! What hoops must information pass before it can be fully assessed? Seventy two hours seems a bit hard to swallow. If I were secretary of state I would want such information "yesterday" and accurate. I'm not sure what Sec Kerry's demands on his people are but he'd better raise the bar some!

  37. When will you admit that the Obama administation is an abomination

  38. Gil Gilman says:

    I heard about it because I didn't have my head stuck into the sand all the way up to my elbows…just sayin'

  39. Took him some time hey???

  40. seriously??? the entire world has heard about it…

  41. Jacob Maslow says:

    The us doesn’t fund any terrorists. Kerry released a statement condemning Hamas after the arrests. Netanyahu didn’t want to give them time to hide or escape to Egypt.

  42. Jacob Maslow says:

    This is a horrible situation. Using it for partisan attacks is unnecessary.

  43. Did he said that? waw, i’m impressed, he just discover the round wheel.

  44. Jacob Maslow says:

    Reagan gave lots of heavy weaponry to the Taliban despite CIA objections.

    American administrations have made lots of mistakes dealing with these terrorists.

    There aren’t any good options.

  45. These people are so inept!!!

  46. These people are so inept!!!

  47. Another signal sent , he is enjoying our destruction, but this is his frosting on top, young Jews kidnapped by terrorists he sends money to, n says nothing,, not like he’s gonna state his jubilance while laughing n and praise his satan, in press release, who knows might end up even seein that

  48. Your president is a demonicRAT ass. Appropriate, since their mascot is an ass. Is that partisan enough for you?
    Did your bleeding heart know that your demonicRAT party was PRO-slavery? Did you know that the party of the jackass started and funded the KKK?? Do you know WHY your party is pro-infanticide (abortion)? Read all about the liberal, leftist Margaret Sanger.
    DemonicRATS are hate-mongering, racist bigots who scream ‘tolerance’, but are the most INtolerant bunch of jackasses in the world!! Sad…you can lead a demonicRAT to truth, but you cannot make it THINK!!

  49. Pooooor Obama, he knows nothing about anything.

  50. A other obama lap dog.

  51. I read the article. It’s showing me, that the President that I voted for, has turned a deaf ear and I find it very ignorant and offensive!

  52. Kerry’s been a real disappointment since the Vietnam war.

  53. Americans sent military teams into Africa for the kidnapping of Nigerian students, so isn’t an AMERICAN boy kidnapped just as important over there with 2 other Israeli students? Kerry knew from day ONE about this, and if he did not, he should be FIRED immediately!!!

  54. Guy Peters says:

    The US via the 0bama administration does indeed fund terrorists ,
    Hamas has been funded ,and the plo/ fatah have received as much as billions of misappropriated taxpayer’s $$$$ , Kerry & 0bama have recognized unity governance which includes hamas , which is illegal ,by the way.
    @ JacobMaslow ,your information is totally flawed & false.
    As for Reagan & arms to the Taliban, that was not over objection by the cia ,it was they who asked that arms be supplied the Taliban, that group at the time was wrongly not considered a terrorist group and was fighting the Russians incursion into Afghanistan. No comparison there ,although the Russians could have had Afghanistan ,as that would have been better.
    Hamas is recognized as a terror organization , plo& fatah are also terror organizations that have had their status ignored due to cosmetic changes made from the ” Oslo” accords ( a very big mistake ) they have been receiving billions of misappropriated taxpayer’s $$$$ for a long time ,through demoncrats & republican’ts administrations.

  55. What about your medical help moron?

  56. I see you still have brain damage !!!!!

  57. Michael Dean says:

    And yet, the hard truths about Israel remain largely unspoken. Liberal supporters of Israel decry its excesses. They wring their hands over the tragic necessity of airstrikes on Gaza or Lebanon or the demolition of Palestinian homes. They assure us that they respect human rights and want peace. But they react in inchoate fury when the reality of Israel is held up before them. This reality implodes the myth of the Jewish state. It exposes the cynicism of a state whose real goal is, and always has been, the transfer, forced immigration or utter subjugation and impoverishment of Palestinians inside Israel and the occupied territories.

  58. He’ll find out about it on TV

  59. LIARS, LIARS, how are you the president of the United States and not know about this?. He knew right away about the girls in Nigeria, his wife cared enough about them for him send American troops there, but the president does not want to hear about these boys, just like he did not want to know about our people in Benghazi.

  60. Kerry’s goal is to be a disappointment.

  61. What was he too busy creating a new Ketchup?

  62. Lisa Davis Bulger says:

    Cooperation is ongoing?? With the PLO-Hamas?? Riiighhhtt!! Don't believe all you hear/read!!

  63. Sometimes the pres and others don’t talk about it cause they Have a plan and loose lips sink ships.

  64. Karin Moore says:

    He’ll hear about it on the news!

  65. Ira Abramson says:

    Now, do something!!

  66. Ira Abramson says:

    Michael, have you ever heard of operation Exodus where Ethiopian black Jews were brought to Israel? Get your facts correct before you spout off. Israel is the only true Democracy in the Mid East. We are not killing each other such as Syria, Iraq, Boko Harem in Nigeria. Miss Israel is an Arab woman! Mohammad Abbas took his wife to an Israeli hospital today for Medical treatment, not an Arab hospital,

  67. It’s ok…we all know Kerry is a bit SLOW! 🙁

  68. Judith Ross says:

    Do they really care?

  69. Michael dean….you are looking for a job at the UNNECESSARY? What a crock of you’re talking, dude. You don’t have a clue.

  70. Md Israel says:

    All of the "Jews" that obama surrounds himself with are "secular Jews" and he has been very careful to exclude practicing Jews. It's a good cover to fool those who are easily fooled.

  71. Md Israel says:

    He is not a Muslim, he just sides with them on every issue.

  72. Donna Hambright Glatt says:

    Would not secular jews still hate the terrorists

  73. AC Stubbs says:

    A Jewish American was kidnapped-POTUS does not care

  74. AC Stubbs says:

    Donna you suck as a human

  75. Larry Singleton says:

    HISTORY OF ISRAEL (and Fabricating Palestinian History) PART I

    In a Nutshell: “Israel vs. Islamists: Setting the Record Straight” by Phyllis Chesler Israel National News December 24, 2013

    The "Right of Return" Is Suicide for Israel by Jonathan Schanzer (MEF)

    JPost Annual Conference 2014: Caroline B. Glick

    The Cairo Speech by Anne Bayefsky (Ass Kicking)

    Response to the Anti-Israel Event at London's St. James Church

    History of Israel & “Palestine” in VERY Easy To Understand Maps

    The Prophet Muhammad's 'Night Journey' was Not to Jerusalem but to Medina
    by Ahmad Muhammad 'Arafa

    Fact Sheets: Remembering the Six-Day War

    Fact Sheets: The Palestinian “Right of Return”

    Media’s Lexicon Poisons Public Perceptions of Israel

    The History of the Middle East Conflict in 11 Minutes

    Founding National Myths Fabricating Palestinian History by David Bukay

    Palestinians, Jebusites, and Evangelicals by David Wenkel Middle East Quarterly

    Why Israel is the Victim by David Horowitz (Front Page Mag.)

    U.S. Aid to Israel: Why It’s a Must by David Meir-Levi (FrontPage Mag.)

    Myths & Facts Online by Mitchell G. Bard (Jewish Virtual Library)

    The war against the Jews by Efraim Karsh (MEF)

    Delegitimizing the Jewish State by Bat Ye'or Middle East Quarterly

    The revisionist history of Sari Nusseibeh by Efraim Karsh (Middle East Forum)

    Are the Negev Bedouin an Indigenous People? Fabricating Palestinian History
    by Havatzelet Yahel, Ruth Kark, and Seth J. Frantzman MEQ

    “Egyptian Emigres in the Levant of the 19th & 20th Centuries” by Prof. Gideon M. Kressel and Dr. Reuven Aharoni
    “Egyptian Emigres in the Levant…” The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

    The Middle East's Tribal DNA by Philip Carl Salzman

    The Smoking Gun: Arab Immigration into Palestine, 1922-1931 by Fred M. Gottheil (MEQ)

    How Many Palestinian Arab Refugees Were There? by Efraim Karsh (MEF)

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    PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: I Will Never Recognize a Jewish State

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    Arafat's Swiss Bank Account by Issam Abu Issa (MEQ)

    Palestinians by Eli E. Hertz (“All [that Palestinians] can agree on as a community is what they want to destroy, not what they want to build.” (pdf)

    Jordan Is Palestinian by Mudar Zahran (MEQ)

    The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem by Daniel Pipes

    More on the Muslim Claim to Jerusalem by Daniel Pipes

    Constructing a Counterfeit History of Jerusalem by Daniel Pipes

    The Christian Aid Conference on Peace and Justice in the Holy Land by Denis MacEoin

    The Battle over Silwan by Shaul Bartal (MEF)

    Myths and Facts UN Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan November 29, 1947

    Palestinians ‘Peoplehood’ Based on a Big Lie Eli E. Hertz (Front Page Mag.)

    The Hostages of Hatred – full documentary

    Hostages of Hatred Part 1

    David Horowitz Chilling Exchange With Muslim Student (MSA)

    Video shows Palestinian youth attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews with snowballs in Jerusalem http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/video-shows-palestinian-youth-attacking-ultra-orthodox-jews-with-snowballs-in-jerusalem-1.493731

    Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens: New Atheists flirt with Islamophobia

  76. Donna Hambright Glatt says:

    Steve Baldwin is a very right wing Obama hate columinists..you can find many more just like him…

  77. I am a Zionist activist who goes to Israel from Canada to volunteer with the IDF. I would put my life on the line for Israel. I am a secular Jew. Nuff said.

  78. Donna Hambright Glatt says:

    Phyllis Chesler is a strong femist writer and reporter at the age of I think 72, she has the right to her opinion but thats all it is..


  80. Larry Singleton says:

    Wish I could join you. I know you "know" but go ahead and read The Haj by Leon Uris if you haven't already. This and Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel should be sold as a gift set.

  81. Jay Grosflam says:

    Jewish swift boaters suck.

  82. Jack Pinski says:

    This is an SOB………………….

  83. Vonnie Gross says:

    Kerry was always a jerk…good thing his wife is loaded.

  84. Shel Scott says:

    Hey, Donna H.G., how much are you being paid to spam this comment board? Your barking about Fox news, attacking any sources who try to inform us of the heinous nature of Islam, and your insinuation that only the poorly educated don't vote for 0bama, are all nonsense.
    You stink.

  85. Jed Dunkin says:

    Well as you can see John Kerry and reality have never met. Round up all Palestinians and mail to moron in charge ℅ white house washington DC USA.

  86. I'm surprised that Kerry admitted that many things point to Hamas involvement, instead of offering excuses why they could not possibly be involved.

  87. Tennille Thomson says:

    Great article! He exposes Islam using their own scripture verse from the Quran. Thanks for sharing.

  88. The US administration as represented by Kerry and the state dept are either stupid or blatantly ignorant of reality. They actually believe that the Palestinian security forces will help Israel to locate the teenagers who were abducted by their own government-Hamas. Those security forces are answerable to the PUG which has Hamas as a full partner. By the way your taxes are supporting the organization that abducted them.

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