The kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens in the Hebron region has shaken the Middle East. The bodies of the three boys were found yesterday, sparking outrage in Israel and across the globe. Israel blames the killings on Hamas, and has already increase airstrikes on Gaza overnight.
President Netanyahu said that “Hamas will pay” for its actions against Israel, although Hamas has so far denied it was behind the abductions and deaths. The conflict in the region comes after a tense political arrangement concerning the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the unity government that joins Abbas’ Fatah with Hamas.
How will relations in the Middle East develop as regional leaders react to these killings? What, if anything, will U.S. involvement entail?
Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House