Missing teens: Netanyahu speaks to Abbas
The kidnapping prompted the Israeli PM to speak with the Palestinian president for the first time in months.
TEL AVIV - The kidnapping of three teenagers has prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in months.
Netanyahu told Abbas he expected him to assist in returning the three Israelis who were abducted last week and in apprehending the kidnappers.
Vigils are being held throughout Israel where many fear that with each passing minute the chances of the three teenagers being found alive are fading.
Netanyahu says Abbas must shoulder responsibility. Abbas recently formed a unity government with Palestinian faction group Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip.
This new government was severely criticised by Jerusalem which regards Hamas as a terrorist organisation.
Isrealis blame Hamas for carrying out the kidnapping, although the organisation denies it.
Abbas has denounced the abduction but also the Israeli military operation that followed.