Slain Israeli teens mourned


Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 12:03 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Memorial services have begun in Israel for the three teenagers who were kidnapped over two weeks ago in the West Bank. Their bodies were found yesterday.

Israel has said two well-known Hamas operatives are the primary suspects.

Israel has launched a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank, where Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man during a raid. And Israel's air force has targeted dozens of locations in the Gaza Strip -- where there's been a spike in rocket fire aimed at Israel.

Israel hasn't yet decided how it will respond to the deaths. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Security Cabinet held a stormy, three-hour meeting late yesterday, but was unable to agree on a response. The Cabinet is meeting again today after the funerals.

The Israeli daily Haaretz (hah-ah-REHTS') says the country's defense minister has proposed building a new settlement in the West Bank in memory of the teens. Another Cabinet minister proposed a large-scale military operation in Gaza and suggested using the death penalty against Palestinian militants.

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