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Israel arresting terrorists released in Gilad Shalit swap deal Defense Minister announces

By Mason White 4:03 PM June 18, 2014
Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon meeting with
families of kidnapped students 

By: Aryeh Savir
The Israel Defense Minister has announced that the Army will arrest the terrorists released under the Gilad Shalit swap agreement in response to the recent kidnappings, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Moshe Ya’alon, met the families of the kidnapped yeshiva students Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Sha’ar.

The meeting was attended by the parents of the students, and representatives of the police and the military, who are in constant contact with the families.

During the meeting, Ya’alon updated the families on the investigation and briefed them on the details of the operation to trace the three students and capture the kidnappers.

During the meeting, Ya’alon told the families: “We are meeting so I can update you on the latest developments. I wish first of all to strengthen you. You convey strength and steadfastness. During events such as this, one of the most important elements is your strong stance, which is admirable. We are in the midst of an operation aimed at reaching the kidnappers and rescuing the students. The campaign is constantly evolving, day and night, and many activities are taking place in the field. As long as we have no other proof, our assumption is that the students are alive. Until now, no one has taken responsibility, and no demands have been presented.”

“The objective of the actions we are taking is to reach the kidnappers and the students as quickly as possible. We are focusing massive intelligence and operational efforts, including meticulous searches of the area. We do not know how long this will last, and much patience is required,” Ya’alon added.

Relating to the extent of the operation, Ya’alon said: “There is nothing that restricts the operation. All intelligence and operational capabilities of the IDF, the Israel Security Agency and Israel Police, have priority in favor of this operation. We will not rest until we lay our hands on the kidnappers and recover the students.”

Ya’alon stated that the operation has now taken on a broader scope: “We have taken several actions in parallel also intended to hurt Hamas in Judea and Samaria. Overnight, we arrested Hamas members discharged in the Shalit deal, with the clear message that not only are we working to free the students, but also when there is a kidnapping we will put back in prison those who we have previously released.”