Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday evening that the abduction of three yeshiva students has created a complex situation and will have serious consequences.
"We are in the midst of a complex operation here,” said Netanyahu in a briefing to reporters at Central Command. “We have to be prepared for the possibility that this will take time. This is a serious event and it will have serious ramifications.”
The mission of the security establishment at the moment is to bring the abducted boys back and hurt Hamas, he said. “We have arrested more than a hundred Hamas activists and we are also carrying out additional operations about which I will not elaborate. In the last few days, we see an attempt to open up a new arena in Gaza – we responded forcefully to that fire and if necessary, we will respond with much greater force.”
"I promise that whoever tries to harm the citizens of Israel, will be targeted,” he vowed, and thanked the security forces. “I want to turn to the dear and wonderful families of Gilad, Naftali and Eyal,” he added. “I spoke with people who visited you and I also was impressed, in my conversations with you, from your strength in these moments of anguish.”
"I and all of the citizens of Israel wish to strengthen you in these days; we are making every effort to bring the boys home.”
Netanyahu also addressed the international community and called on it to denounce the abduction. “I spoke just now with Secretary of State Kerry. I told him that I appreciated his strong statement against the criminal deed and also in support of Israel's right to defend itself. I also heard other elements who said some things yesterday and that is important, but I expect all of the responsible elements in the international community, some of whom are quick to denounce us for every apartment porch that is turned into a closed room in Gilo, I expect them to denounce forcefully and resolutely the criminal act of abducting the youths.”
"He who denounces terror must denounce it everywhere,” Netanyahu stressed. “I expect other states to join these denunciations ad the support for Israel's legitimate actions in self-defense.”