Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, yemach shemo, today denied that his group had any connection to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, but said he welcomed the abduction.
Speaking with the Al Jazeera network, Mashaal claimed that Hamas had no information regarding the three, but said that if it turns out they were indeed kidnapped, “then blessed be the kidnappers, since it is a Palestinian obligation to release prisoners and make the occupation pay the price of the Palestinian suffering.”
In a direct appeal to the families of the three teenagers, Mashaal accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was responsible for the kidnapping, claiming his “disregard for Palestinian suffering” is the reason for the abduction. “If Netanyahu had listened to the suffering of the (hunger) striking prisoners and had not opposed the national reconciliation agreement, the situation in the Palestinian arena would not have been so serious,” he claimed. Read more at Arutz Sheva.