Daily Israel Report

US Bill to Offer $5 Million Reward for Tips on Teens' Abduction

Republican representative, senator advance legislation to right the US's inaction during the abduction, by helping solve the boys' murder.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/11/2014, 12:12 PM

Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
courtesy of the families

The US was accused of indifference following the abduction and murder of Naftali Frenkel (16; also a US citizen), Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19) on June 12, after politicians took several days to respond to the tragedy.

The White House declined to release a statement until after the boys were found dead, some three weeks later.

However, a series of bills in the House of Representatives and the Senate appears to seek to right this wrong.

The Washington Free Beacon reports Friday that the new legislation, if passed, would provide a $5 million dollar reward for information on the abduction and murder, on the grounds of Frenkel's dual-citizenship. 

The cash would be provided “to any individual who furnishes information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual for committing, conspiring or attempting to commit, or aiding or abetting in the commission of the kidnapping and murder of Naftali Frenkel,” according to the text of the new bills.

The legislation has been pushed forward by Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in the House and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the Senate. 

Lamborn told the Washington Free Beacon that the investigation and reward were not just Frenkel's rights, but the US's obligation. 

“Naftali Frenkel was an American citizen who was killed by terrorists and the United States should not rest until his killers are brought to justice,” Lamborn said. “My heart breaks for the families of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha'ar, and Eyal Yifrah.”

Lamborn also blasted the administration of US President Barack Obama for continuing to support the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the weeks that followed, despite the fact that Hamas terrorists living under its administration have been deemed responsible for the murders. 

“Amazingly, the Obama administration still supports this terrorist Palestinian government, even after the death of an American citizen,” he said. “President Obama must stop supporting terrorists and renounce the Palestinian unity government immediately.”

Senator Ted Cruz has been particularly vocal about the need for the US to renounce its support for the PA since the abduction, stating in an impassioned speech last month that it must harbor "no more illusions" about Hamas. 

"These are teenagers who were targeted for who they are, who have done no wrong, who have done nothing that comes near to deserving what has happened to them that day while waiting at the bus stop to go home from school." 

Cruz demanded that the US sever all ties with Hamas, a "vicious terror organization" that he points out has not only killed Israelis, but "many Americans." 

"There can be no more illusions that Hamas has any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority," he urged. "They must not receive any further recognition or legitimization."

A US investigation into the abduction recently revealed that the boys were shot 10 times with a silenced gun, according to Reuters, and that Hamas terrorists had never intended to keep them alive.