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Hamas: Israel is using kidnapping "in order to cause an escalation against the ‎Palestinian people‎"

‎“Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri ‎said that the movement has no interest in ‎any expected confrontation with Israel, but ‎if forced to – is prepared for any ‎escalation.‎
Abu Zuhri noted… that Hamas is not a ‎power capable of waging a war with Israel, ‎for which our people will bear the ‎consequences.‎
He relayed that the story of the ‎disappearance and killing of the three ‎settlers in Hebron is based on the Israeli ‎version alone, and that the occupation is ‎attempting to harness it in order to cause ‎an escalation against the Palestinian ‎people and the Hamas movement. He ‎added that the threats [made by] Israel and ‎its leadership will not intimidate the ‎movement, but at the same time ‎emphasized that the movement always ‎takes them seriously.”‎

Notes:‎ On June 12, 2014, Israeli teens Eyal ‎Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while ‎hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' ‎bodies were found by Israeli security forces ‎near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They ‎appeared to have been shot to death soon ‎after the abduction.‎

The week after Zhuri stated that Hamas “has no ‎interest in any expected confrontation with Israel,” ‎Hamas shot over 200 rockets into Israel, despite ‎Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's statement that ‎‎"quiet will be answered with quiet."‎