Last week’s Hamas abduction followed dozens of attempts to kidnap innocent Israelis. Since the beginning of 2013, Israel has foiled 64 planned abductions, many of them at the hands of Hamas terrorists.
Hamas’ recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers hardly constitutes its first attempt to kidnap innocent Israelis. In the past two years alone, the Palestinian terrorist organizations have planned 64 abductions. IDF and Israeli security forces have foiled all of these attempts, but kidnapping remains a central element of the Hamas terrorist strategy.