A Palestinian is arrested by Israeli troops during a search operation for three Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped by Palestinian militants in the West Bank, near the town of Hebron June 21,2014. (AFP PHOTO/Hazem Bader)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday for condemning the alleged kidnapping of three teenagers by Hamas, but slammed his unity pact with the Islamist movement.Netanyahu's comments came as Israel began to wind down a massive crackdown on Hamas, having arrested hundreds of its members in an operation to find the youngsters who went missing in the southern occupied West Bank nearly two weeks ago.Israel seized on the opportunity presented by the operation to try to rupture a reconciliation agreement between Abbas and Hamas, which saw the two sides form a merged administration for the West Bank and Gaza earlier this month for the first time in seven years.A former top army commander, Israel Ziv, said that it was in Israel's interest to focus the operation on intelligence gathering rather than physical intimidation.
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