Hamas: Abduction Of Three Israeli Youths Marks Start Of New Intifada In West Bank, End Of Palestinian Authority: "Hamas's reaction to the recent abduction of three Israeli youths was one of satisfaction. Hamas members and supporters – who generally refer to the abductees as "soldiers," even though none of them are, and two of them are only 16-years-old – called the abduction a legitimate action and an opportunity to expand armed operations to the West Bank. They also stated that it marks the start of a new intifada and the end of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Columnists on websites affiliated with the movement harshly criticized the PA for its security coordination with Israel and called on the people of the West Bank not to help Israel in locating the abductees.
The following are excerpts from reactions to the abduction by Hamas officials and on media belonging to or affiliated with the movement. "
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