Abduction of Three Teens Not that Coordinated

Security officials reveal original plans of terrorists who murdered three teens last year, assert there was mad scramble to hide the bodies.

Cynthia Blank,

Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
courtesy of the families

A year after the murder of three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, and Naftali Frankel, new details have emerged on the plans prepared by Palestinian terrorists Marwan Kawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisha.  

According to a Walla! News report on Thursday, senior defense officials initially thought the terror squad conducting the attack was professional and sophisticated, only to later discover that luck played the biggest factor in the abduction's success. 

Apparently, the original plan was to kidnap one, or at most two, people and hide them in the back room of a men's barbershop. 

They were not trying to lure three teenagers into a private car, as they did from the Gush Etzion Junction in Judea on the night of June 12, 2014, a security official argued. 

"Someone smart would not plan to kidnap three people with a car. [A smart] kidnapper would say to himself: 'It's a sure recipe that three Israeli teens will overpower me and just one other person. I'll take one, two."

In appears the terrorists themselves were surprised at the ease in which they had performed the abductions, and were subsequently forced to change their plans. 

"There was a high level of detailed planning here, which is normal for Hamas, but the way they hid the bodies show it was not planned well. They had not prepared a place to hide the bodies."

"They fenced them in with stones and covered the graves with soil," the security source explained. "So, as soon as we got there, the bodies were relatively easy to find. There was nothing subtle there."

The bodies of Yifrah, Sha'ar and Frankel were discovered 18 days after the kidnapping in a field close to Arab village Halhul near Hevron. The terrorists were located and killed three months later by Shin Bet agents, hiding under a carpentry shop in Hevron.

"We're going to get caught, so we might as well go for it until the end," security officials stated, speculating on the mood of the terrorists in their final days.