Shaer family rushes home from Tel Aviv upon receiving news of son Gil-Ad’s death; friends, extended family show up at Frenkel, Yifrach home in support.
Bennett: No absolution for murderers of children; Herzog: Long arm of IDF will reach killers.
Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, went missing near Hebron on June 12; blaming Hamas, Israel had spent past 18 days in extensive search of West Bank.
Searches after kidnapped teens continue, efforts concentrated in Beit Kahil. Security source: ‘Special intervention units are preparing to raid the hideout of the kidnappers once the relevant intelligence is received’.
Attorney Roni Aloni Sedovnik charged three district court judges with allowing the humiliation of a minor complainant in a rape case.
CAIRO (AP) — By declaring the establishment of an Islamic caliphate, the extremist group that controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq is claiming to be the successor of the political and religious community established by the Prophet Muhammad.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday that jihadists spearheading a militant offensive in Iraq have sold oil from captured areas to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Fabius said the sale was evidence of the "confusing" nature of the escalating conflict in the Middle East in which Assad and the jihadists are in theory on opposing sides. The rebels, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), declared a "caliphate", or Islamist state, straddling Iraq and Syria at the weekend.
By Parisa Hafezi and Arshad Mohammed ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran is wrestling with a complex array of historic alliances and enmities as it tries to develop a coherent response to the swift advance of hostile Sunni Muslim militants in neighboring Iraq. Despairing of its protege Nuri al-Maliki, Tehran’s Shi’ite clerical establishment has sent mixed messages on working with the Iraqi prime minister’s other sponsor, the United States, with which it shares a goal of averting the country’s break-up. After decades competing with Washington’s Sunni Arab allies for influence, it hopes for relief from U.S. sanctions by cutting a deal on its nuclear program in the next few weeks and wants to avoid its defense of non-Sunni forces in Baghdad, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere fuelling a sectarian regional war. “For Iran always, national interests have priority over religious divides,” said a senior official close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.