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Obama silent on murder of Naftali Frenkel, Netanyahu vows revenge

Barack Obama silent on U.S. teen reportedly murdered by Palestinian militants.
Barack Obama silent on U.S. teen reportedly murdered by Palestinian militants.
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Naftali Frenkel, one of three teenage boys kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month, was found dead northwest of the city of Hebron, ABC News reported Monday, the apparent victim of militants tied to Hamas. Frenkel, ABC added, had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed revenge for the murder of the three boys, Barack Obama said nothing.

Obama, Twitchy said, held a press conference bashing the Tea Party while telegraphing his intent to bypass Congress on immigration. But the president said nothing about the murder of 16-year-old Frenkel, prompting a number of people to respond in shock.

"Not one word about Naftali Frenkel. The @Whitehouse is repugnant," one person said.

"Reports that 3 kidnapped Israeli boys have been found dead, including American citizen Naftali Frenkel. Obama didn't lift a finger," added Truth Revolt's Ben Shapiro.

"With #Trayvon he was empathetic and said it could've been his son," another person said, noting that Obama said nothing about Frenkel.

Netanyahu, on the other hand, had quite a bit to say on the matter.

"With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths –- Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel," he said at the start of an emergency cabinet meeting.

"They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals. On behalf of the entire Jewish people, I would like to tell the dear families –- the mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and brothers and sisters –- we are deeply saddened, the entire nation weeps with you. We will give the boys a proper burial," he added.

He also quoted Israeli poet Hayim Nahman Bialik: "'Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created.'"

"[N]either has vengeance for the blood of three pure youths, who were on their way home to meet their parents, who will not see them anymore. Hamas is responsible –- and Hamas will pay. May the memories of the three boys be blessed," he continued.

According to the Israeli Defense Force, the bodies of the three boys are undergoing forensic identification and the families have been notified. MSN said it appears the boys may have been shot shortly after they were abducted.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly condemned the abduction and promised cooperation from his security forces, drawing criticism from Hamas. The administration has also condemned the abduction, but encouraged Israel to pursue a measured response.

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