The Fallout From Premeditated Barbarianism – Part 2
Part Two: Arab Barbarianism
Fear for the boys’ safety grew with each passing day; thousands of searches made throughout the West Bank brought no trace of the teenagers. Finally, a small group of searchers, some of which had élite tracker training began to think like kidnappers and looked for signs that would normally be overlooked. On June 30 they found Naftali Fraenkel’s eyeglasses in long grass and kept looking for overturned rocks etc., anything that would indicate the abnormal. Eventually they found a decomposing body that was partly buried under rocks. They called for help and soldiers soon after found the other two bodies in a hastily-dug grave and partially covered with rocks. Politicians across the board said that the murderers were nothing less than animals.
The flag-draped bodies were brought back to Israel and around 50,000 Israelis turned out for the burial. The boys’ bodies were laid to rest side by side, next to those of the Maccabees. Then the truth began to come out.
The boy’s recorded emergency telephone call was released for public broadcast. One could hear the whispered “I’ve been kidnapped,” soon followed by muffled gunshots and a moan from one of the teenagers as he died. The telephone call, which had been a cry for help, quickly became the cause of death. The terrorists heard the call and said, “Get the phone!” and ordered one of the boys to “put your head down.” They thought that the Israeli security forces were now after them so they shot the boys ten times then and there in the backseat of the car using a gun with a silencer. The recording continues with whooping, hollering, and singing in Arabic, interspersed with “Three!” “Three!”, which was an allusion to the kidnapping of Gilad Schalit. It seems apparent to this writer that due to the emergency telephone call from one of the boys, along with the ten obviously muffled gunshots, Israeli intelligence must have been aware that the boys were dead, but everyone was living in hope. However, an incensed Israeli leadership used the opportunity to gravely weaken Hamas in the West Bank by operating a dragnet, capturing every Hamas leader and operative found while searching for the boys or their bodies.
The morning following the abduction Israeli security forces found a burnt out car not far from the hitchhiking station. After examination of the vehicle remains a number of bullet casings were found inside. The boys’ bodies were found some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the hitchhiking station in an open area on the outskirts of Hebron. If getting rid of the bodies were the purpose, it would have made more sense for the terrorists to burn them along with the car rather than putting them in a different vehicle and carrying them across open ground before semi-burying them. Apparently, the objective was to swap the boys remains for live prisoners as was the case with Hizb’allah in July 2008. At that time Israel swapped five Lebanese prisoners, including the fiendish murderer Samir Qantar, for two black caskets containing the remains of two Israeli soldiers.
In April 1979 Samir Qantar, then aged 16, led four other Lebanese terrorists in the murder of a policeman and an Israeli family in Nahariya. After shooting the policeman Samir and one accomplice broke into an apartment building and kidnapped a young father and his four-year-old daughter. The mother hid herself and a two-year-old daughter in a cupboard, but in trying to prevent the toddler from crying and giving away the hiding place the mother accidentally suffocated her little daughter, gravely adding to her trauma.
The father and the four-year-old daughter were taken to a nearby beach where the terrorists had left their rubber boat in which they had come the ten kilometers (6.2 miles) from Lebanon. The boat had been disabled so Samir shot the father in the back and then drowned him to ensure that he died. He then killed the four-year-old girl by smashing her head with rocks before finally crushing her skull with the butt of his rifle. Samir is seen as a hero in Lebanon.
Although it had been assumed that the two Israeli soldiers were dead, it was the first confirmation that the two soldiers, captured by Hizb’allah in an across border raid, had died. Presumably, the Hamas terrorists from Hebron were trying to emulate Hizb’allah’s horrible action.
To be continued