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Kaine Statement On The Recent Kidnapping Of Three Young Israeli Men

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kaine released the following statement on the recent kidnapping of three young Israeli men:

"I was saddened to hear about the kidnapping of three young Israeli men - Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad, Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, from Talmon, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon in the Hebron area - and strongly condemn this cowardly act. Many indications point to Hamas' involvement. Hamas is a terrorist organization that does not recognize Israel's right to exist, and kidnapping innocent young men does not bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to peace -- it in fact makes peace harder to achieve. I know Israeli security forces are working hard to find the kidnapped teens.  I welcome President Abbas' condemnation of the kidnappings and encourage continued Palestinian efforts to assist in the search effort."