Israel bombs Gaza sites hours after bodies of Israeli teens found

GAZA Tue Jul 1, 2014 2:23am EDT

1 of 3. Israeli soldiers keep guard near the West Bank city of Hebron July 1, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/ Mussa Qawasma

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, and troops opened fire and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said.

The raid came hours after Israel found the bodies of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank who went missing on June 12. Israel has blamed the Islamist Hamas group for their abduction near a Jewish settlement and has arrested dozens of the groups members in the past three weeks.

The air strikes, however, while numerous, did not depart radically from Israel's usual response to Palestinian rocket fire into its territory and as the Israeli cabinet weighed its actions against Hamas, there was no sign the Jewish state was poised to launch a major assault on the Palestinian enclave.

The military said that its aircraft bombed 34 Gaza sites, most of them belonging to Hamas, in response to 18 rockets fired into Israel since Sunday. Two people were lightly wounded, Gaza medical officials said.

In the West Bank, an Israeli military spokeswoman said, troops opened fire at a man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yousouf Ibrahim abu Zagha, 19, who threw an explosive device at soldiers who were attempting to arrest a militant in the Jenin refugee camp.

The military added that three Palestinians were detained in the West Bank on Tuesday. Palestinian officials said five were arrested.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Reuters1945 wrote:
These IDF bombing raids are justified and necessary but something of a more permanent and lasting nature is called for now that the three teens have been found.

The field near Hebron, where the remains of the three murdered teens were buried, beneath rocks in a shallow grave, should now be converted and made into a permanent Memorial for the teens, a National Israeli Historical Landmark site.

This rocky field should be surrounded by beautiful high stainless steel fence carrying the names of these three innocent boys who will never be able to celebrate their 20th birthdays with their parents, nor raise families of their own, nor have the opportunity to contribute to the Land of Israel which they Loved.

Inside this spacious Memorial Park, (around which the ancient rugged and rocky landscape should be left totally intact as it was), there should be planted beautiful colorful gardens of flowers of every variety and graceful trees of every sort, brought from all parts of Israel.

And finally a Memorial Wall should be built of finest marble into which should be engraved the names of every citizen of the State of Israel, including every man, woman and child who has been a victim of terrorists.

The site should of course include standard type security cameras so that anyone who dares to desecrate, in any way, this Holy Memorial dedicated to the three teens will face the harshest punishment/s allowed by Law.

Finally this Memorial Park should be created with contributions gathered from around the world so that all people everywhere can feel they each played a part in creating such a place to Forever Honor the Sacred Memories of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah.

Let no one say: “This cannot be done”.

Indeed and in fact this MUST be done for these three innocent young men were and are, and will forever remain, Heroes of the State of Israel, just as much as any IDF soldier with a gun.

And perhaps, more so, because they had no way to protect their lives except to hope for some small iota of mercy from their captors- which was not, so sad to say, forthcoming.

We cannot bring back these three boys but we can build a beautiful Memorial Park to their Sacred Memory to which their Mothers and Fathers can visit when they wish, and sit under the newly planted Memorial trees, surrounded by the plethora of flowers that will fill this Memorial Park, thus reminding them and all who visit this Memorial Park that though the enemies of Israel can murder and maim individuals they will never succeed in destroying the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

I am prepared to personally make a substantial donation to create such a Memorial Park intended to Honor the Memory of Gil-Ad Shaer and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19.

I hope the world will take up this call. It is the very least that should be done to assuage the never ending, heart wrenching pain of the Mothers and Fathers who will never again see the smiling faces, nor be able to embrace their beloved Sons- at least in this world.

Jul 01, 2014 2:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
worldscan wrote:
To Reuters 1945
Perhaps even more noble would be a memorial to honor victims on both sides of the conflict. Limiting it to one side serves racism and the “me right, you wrong” attitude that has been the hallmark of this never-ending conflict.

Jul 01, 2014 4:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
worcester wrote:
In 1929 before there was any inkling of a Jewish state of Israel there was massacre of Jews in Hebron. 69 Jews were killed, including 23 College kids. The Jews of Hebron have lived in this community for generations. The source of the violence is Muslim extremism and hatred and incitement of violence toward others, and not the State of Israel or the “occupation”.
Islam was, and in some part of the world it still is, a religion of peace and coexistance. But far too many of today’s Muslims are taught and encouraged to hate and kill for their religion. This idealogical bent is dangerous.
The problem is with promoters of this violence..not its victims. If Israel disappeared tomorrow the violence will not be reduced…as can be seen in the rest of the Arab world.

Jul 01, 2014 6:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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