From Turkey, Hamas Leader Accepts Responsibility for Murder of Three Israeli Teens

Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri didn’t just accept responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens earlier this summer; he did so from Turkey in a public forum. One can conclude from this that Mr. Al-Arouri feels quite safe and at home in Turkey.

Via the Jerusalem Post:

A senior Hamas official admitted for the first time on Wednesday that the organization’s armed wing, the Kassam Brigades, was behind the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teens Nafatli Fraenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah in the West Bank in June.

The Hamas official, Salah al-Aruri made the comments during a conference of Islamic clerics in Turkey. He praised the “heroic action of the Kassam Brigades who kidnapped three settlers in Hebron.”

As reported recently, the issue of Turkey’s harboring of al-Arouri is causing diplomatic problems for the U.S. State Department. Department spokesman Marie Harf has had difficulty addressing the issue coherently when asked, often defaulting to the fact that Turkey is a NATO ally of the U.S.

Here is a video of al-Arouri making his admission. Though it’s not in English, you can get the sense in watching it that the announcement is being made in the open in a country whose leaders likely approve.

Some NATO ally…


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