President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Monday over the killing of three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found in the West Bank on Monday, and urged all parties to refrain from actions that could escalate tensions in the region.
Several senior police officers were demoted for “severe failure of conduct” in their handling of the phone call from one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said turmoil in neighboring Arab countries counted out the removal of Israeli forces from the West Bank for “a very long time.”
Israeli forces have identified the bodies of the three missing Israeli teens — Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel — buried in a field near Hebron.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait accompli on Monday but said his country was taking no action to help the Kurds achieve formal statehood.