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June 16, 2014 2:30 pm

Palestinian Authority Invokes Release of Prisoners in Statement on Kidnapping

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Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum. Speaking to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in more than a year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said he expects Abbas to aid the effort to rescue the three Jewish teens Israel says were abducted by Hamas.

“I expect your assistance in returning the abducted boys home and in capturing the kidnappers,” Netanyahu told Abbas. “The Hamas kidnappers came out of Palestinian Authority-controlled territory, and returned to Palestinian Authority-controlled territory.”

The Palestinian presidency, meanwhile, issued a statement on the kidnapping that invoked the release of Palestinian prisoners.

“The presidency affirmed the need to not resort to violence by any party, particularly since President Mahmoud Abbas’s position is to continue with the extensive efforts to ensure the release of Palestinian prisoners, held in Israeli jails, when a final peace deal with Israel is signed,” the statement said.

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