Hamas admits to murdering 3 yeshiva students calling it ‘blessed heroic act’ (video)By Mason White 5:04 PM August 21, 2014
|Hamas taking responsibility for murdering 3 Israeli yeshiva students|
By: Ze’ev Ben-Yechiel
(Scroll down for video) For the first time, Hamas claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, calling it a “bless and heroic act,” the Tazpit News Agency reported.
A senior Hamas official said on Wednesday, that Hamas was responsible for the June 12 kidnapping and murder of the three Jewish teens near Hebron.
The three were picked up while hitchhiking at a junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, sparking a nationwide manhunt that ended when their bodies were discovered several weeks later.
The admission by Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri, came during a conference of Muslim scholars. In a recording of the conference, al-Arouri is heard praising the “kidnapping of the three Hebron settlers,” describing it as “blessed heroic action,” which was “carried out by the al-Qassam Brigades,” Hamas’ military wing.
The terror group has a large political and military presence throughout the West Bank. Hebron has long been a Hamas stronghold, leading Israeli intelligence to suspect that Hamas operatives were located in the vicinity of the attack, and to the subsequent roundup of hundreds of Hamas members throughout the region.
Hamas retaliated to the arrests with a continuous barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip aimed at Israeli civilians throughout the country, compelling Israel to launch Operation Protective Edge to defend its population.