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Israel expands West Bank hunt for missing teens

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:43

June 16 - Analyst says the search should be resolved by strategic and political cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian leadership. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The hunt is on for three Israeli teens, including an American national, who disappeared after leaving a Jewish settlement last Thursday. In the dark of night Monday the Israeli military detained 40 Palestinians across the West Bank including the Palestinian parliament speaker. On Monday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a rare telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas -- a move in the right direction says Israeli counter terrorism expert Barak Ben Zur (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXPERT ON STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTER TERRORISM, BARAK BEN ZUR, SAYING: "It is most important that the Israeli leadership will connect the Palestinian one and look for tight and efficient co-ordination on the political and the strategic level to be translated on operational step because this is the most important issue to provide the right co-ordination and the right situation on the ground in order to resolve this case." Israeli forces are expanding their search with most military efforts concentrated in the West Bank Palestinian city of Hebron. The search has come with a price - dozens of Palestinians attended a funeral Monday for a man killed during the search. An Israeli government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Israel is looking to leverage the search into a wider clampdown on Hamas in the West Bank.

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Israel expands West Bank hunt for missing teens

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 01:43