Killings of Israeli teens ignite Middle East tensions

Jul 1, 2014

Rally Held In Tel Aviv For Missing Israeli Teenagers

An Israeli woman hugs Iris Yifrah (from the back), mother of kidnapped Israeli teenager Eyal Yifrah During a rally under the slogan ‘Bring Our Boys Home’ on June 29, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday evening for a rally calling for the release of the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago.; Credit: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

The kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens in the Hebron region has shaken the Middle East. The bodies of the three boys were found yesterday, sparking outrage in Israel and across the globe. Israel blames the killings on Hamas, and has already increase airstrikes on Gaza overnight.

President Netanyahu said that “Hamas will pay” for its actions against Israel, although Hamas has so far denied it was behind the abductions and deaths. The conflict in the region comes after a tense political arrangement concerning the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the unity government that joins Abbas’ Fatah with Hamas.

How will relations in the Middle East develop as regional leaders react to these killings? What, if anything, will U.S. involvement entail?


Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House



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