Tuesday, July 01, 2014 

A combination photo provided by Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, shows Marwan Qawasmeh, left, and Amer Abu Aisheh. The security service identified the two as the central suspects in the recent disappearance of three Israeli teenagers. (Associated Press/Shin Bet). Israel on Thursday identified two well-known Hamas operatives in the West Bank as the central suspects in the recent disappearance of three Israeli teenagers, in the first sign of progress in a frantic two-week search for the missing youths. Israeli and Palestinian officials said the two men have been missing since the teenagers disappeared, and that a large manhunt was underway.

Israel vowed retaliation on Monday after the bodies of three teenagers who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago were discovered in the West Bank. The bodies of the youths — including one with U.S. citizenship — were found just north of Hebron, and led to outpourings of grief and rage in the Jewish State, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing “Hamas will pay.” The Israeli air force conducted strikes early Tuesday morning against 34 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes, which targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad assets in the strip and came after more than 20 rockets were fired into southern Israel over the past two days, resulted in any casualties, the Jerusalm Post reported. Also on Tuesday, a Palestinian who Israel said was a member of Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid in the West Bank. The man was the first casualty since the bodies were found, see http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/01/israeli-teens-found-dead/

Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking home. The teens’ bodies were found Monday in a shallow grave in an open field in the West Bank village of Halhul, and a Defense official said based on the investigation that the teens were shot soon after they were abducted. He spoke anonymously in line with protocol as the investigation is still ongoing. Israel has said two well-known Hamas operatives from Hebron are the primary suspects. The men, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh, have not been seen since the teens went missing, and military officials said the search for them would continue, see http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/07/01/israeli-teens-found-dead/

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com