PA daily: Israel fabricated kidnapping of three teens as pretext for Gaza war
PA daily accuses Israel
of fabricating kidnapping and murder
of the three Israeli teens
as pretext for Gaza war
by Itamar Marcus
The accusation that Israel fabricated the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens as a pretext for initiating the Gaza war appeared this week in an op-ed by a regular columnist in the official Palestinian Authority daily. Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12, 2014.
"We are now at the beginning of the third month of the broad Israeli aggression against our people, its unity, its reconciliation and its national project. The occupation (i.e., Israel) planned this aggression, which began on June 12, after the failure of peace negotiations [with the PA]...
The aggression began on June 12 following a fabricated event for which no one took responsibility, that is, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens."
[Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2014]
The columnist ignores a music video Hamas broadcast on TV, that Palestinian Media Watchreported on last month, in which Hamas glorified the kidnappers from Hebron: