Mideast: Meshaal applauds abduction of teens

But says he doesn't know who kidnapped them

24 June, 12:06

    Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Tuesday told al Jazeera he did not have information on the three Israeli teens abducted in the West Bank two weeks ago, denying Israeli press reports. He added: ''If a Palestinian faction will be confirmed to have carried out the abduction, it will be necessary to applaud them and take off our hats''. He explained that the operation could lead to the release of Palestinian prisoners.

    Meshaal ruled out the kidnapping could have negative repercussions of the Palestinian national unity government set up at the beginning of the month.

    ''Our war is not with al-Fatah but with Israel'', he said.

    ''Hamas, al-Fatah and all other factions agree on the right to oppose Israeli occupation''.

    Though he avoided an open controversy with Palestinian President Abu Mazen, Meshaal criticized the coordination of Palestinian security services with their Israeli counterparts to track down the missing teenagers.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday once again blamed Hamas for the kidnapping in an interview to Jerusalem radio. (ANSAmed)

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