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Filed: 20:45 Israel Summer Time

Reports have been coming in for about four hours now that a young man hitch-hiking from the town of Beitar Illit, about 15 minutes away from Jerusalem to Joseph's Tomb near Sh'khém (Nablus) has been missing since Sunday.

Hillel Fendel, writing for Arutz Sheva, an independent news service in Israel, reports the following:

Arab sources in the PA said last night, and again today, that they had
kidnapped another Israeli. Eliyahu Asheri, 18, of Itamar, has not
been seen since he left Beitar Illit on Sunday.

Eliyahu, son of Miriam and Yitro Asheri, is a student at the pre-military yeshiva academy in N'vei Tzuf, in the western Binyamin area. He was last seen Sunday when he left a friend's home in Beitar Illit on his way north. He was to have joined his yeshiva colleagues on a trip to the Golan Heights, but the head of the academy called this morning to say that Eliyahu never arrived.

Volunteers are travelling now to, and have likely already arrived at, Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem and west of Gush Etzion, to see if they can find a trace of the missing youth.

According to what a friend of his told the police yesterday afternoon, Eliyahu was seen last Sunday evening at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem, where hundreds of people wait for rides northward every day. This is a place guarded by Border Patrol and Israel Police Auxiliary units every weeknight to protect against shootings from the nearby Arab neighborhoods there.

The Arutz Sheva report continues,

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terrorist group announced late last night that it had kidnapped a 'settler.' Arutz-7 has learned that an emergency room has been established in Itamar.

According to the father's report to the police, Eliyahu has gone off by himself in the past. Apparently, the security establishment is convinced that the youth was kidnapped. A spokesman for the PRC confirmed to Ynet this afternoon that a settler had been kidnapped, but said he would not "give out information for free."

Hamas spokesmen threatened even more kidnappings, until all Arab prisoners in Israeli prisons are released, Arutz Sheva reported.

From what MK Yuval Shteinitz (Likud) told Arutz-7, it is his opinion that it is easier to find a kidnapped Israeli in Judea and Samaria than in Gaza.

Asked what he feels should be Israel's strategy today, the Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the previous Knesset said, "Beyond the problem of Kassams and a kidnapped soldier, a Palestinian Hizbullah is being formed under our noses in Gaza, with tens of thousands of young Arabs training to fight against us – and yet Israel does nothing about it."

Shteinitz continued that in the short range, Israel must close down Gazan
infrastructures, as well as target Hamas leaders. "Ultimately, there will be no choice but to go into Gaza, as I have long proposed, and carry out another massive offensive like Operation Defensive Shield (a massive incusion into the Arab cities of Judea and Samaria to 'clean out' terrorists in 2002 which resulted in the effective of imprisonment of them PLO 'Rais' Yassir Arafat in the Mukata compound in Ramallah)."

The strategy of the Likud MK may not be followed at all. This morning, Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA reported that a Voice of Israel reporter had indicated that the Israelis had given the United States a veto over policy towards attacking Gaza, and Condoleezza Rice, the American Secretary of State, had strongly urged diplomacy in pursuing the release of kidnapped soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was seized on Sunday morning.

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  • Arch Conservative

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  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    This came inot my inbox a littel bit ago:
    Israeli May Have Been Killed in Ramallah
    21:06 Jun 27, ’06 / 1 Tammuz 5766

    (IsraelNN.com) Partial information that has reached the intelligence agencies of Israel, as well as foreign media outlets, indicate that the body of a murdered Israeli may be located in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Ramallah. According to Arab sources, the Israeli was murdered on Sunday.

    The information may be connected to the disappearance of Itamar resident Eliyahu Asheri, 18. He was last seen in Jerusalem on Sunday night. Meanwhile Arab terrorists claim that they have been holding a “settler” captive since Sunday.

  • sr

    Arch, as always you have it right. [Edited]

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    His heart may be in the right place, but sr does manage to sound perhaps just a wee bit crazy in the way he expresses himself.

    Being thus more moderate and careful in tone, I don’t understand why IDF doesn’t just absolutely demolish Gaza from the air. The innocent Gaza residents who get killed will be on the other 2/3 of their fellow Palestinians who are guilty in the intifada nonsense.

    I about halfway understand the Israeli reluctance to kill people, but for the life of me I can’t understand why y’all are willing to go so far for that as to be taking the continuing murders day in and day out when you could squish these insects beneath your feet.

    As John Derbyshire would say, rubble doesn’t cause trouble.

  • sr

    I except the complement about me being a wee bit crazy Al. Liked your comment about rubble doesn’t cause trouble.
    Thanks,
    sr

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Good morning,

    Al, Thank you for the sympathy and kind words. The answer to your question is that our leaders ar not their own men. In fact, the news end of your answer is in the article itself, the refernce to IMRA. Go check it out.

    The answer behind the news is what I have been trying to tell you guys for months – the Israeli leadership has been bought out and it is not IN THE AMERICAN INTEREST, AS DEFINED BY YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT, to have a strong and secure Israel.

    The present operation in progress in Gasza right now will be half assed and accomplish very limited goals. Jewish soldiers being put in harm’s way for no good reason.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    sr,

    Thank you also for your sympathy and kind words. I am not interested in seeing Jewish soldiers die unnecessarily in a military campaign in Gaza when simply starving people of water and electricity will work far more effectively.

    We need to save the bombs and missiles to take out more dangerious targets than electric plants in Gaza…

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Bing,

    Please try to understand that this incursion into Gaza is more the result of a frustrated IDF acting within American constraints than anything else.

    Again, we are being forcd to take losses and partial gains when real victory is well within our grasp.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Ruvy, I’ll just say that I’ll do any little bit I can to punish any American politician I see interfering with your necessary self-defense.

    Sr- you may be a little crazy, but it sounds like my kind of crazy.

    Which reminds me, it occurs to me that wiping out a bunch of Palestinians- Gaza, say – would be not only a necessary improvement for Israeli security, but really also mostly mercy killings. Palestinians on the whole seem to be intent on shame and misery, and embracing death, trying desperately to commit suicide by IDF.

    That’s a hell of a lot for them to ask of you, but they don’t seem to be leaving you much other choice.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    A THIRD KIDNAPPING??

    I got this in on e-mail at 19;20 my time. There is no URL.

    Harvey Tannenbaum is sitting by the radio, giving me updates, he says they know where both Eliyahu and Gilad are, and that they

    “are surrounding a house with 30 armored vehicles in Al Bireh, near Ramallah. Speculation: Eliyahu is inside with his kidnappers.

    2. Northern Gaza residents told to leave in 30 minutes from their homes….tanks and APC moving into next phase in northern Gaza” and
    that they have sealed off the entire Gaza strip

    3. Rishon LeZion resident, Noam Moskovitz, 62, is the kidnapped Jew #3 being reported now by al aksa brigade of Abu Mazen’s PLO….Police and IDF have ‘yet to confirm.’

    stay tuned

  • sr

    Ruvy, Be safe amigo.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Good morning,

    The Oberlin Times carried the same story AP story as did Forbes cited at “It’s Time to Give Vctory A Chance”, describing the death of the 18 boy from Itamar, may his blood be avenged, and indicating that a third Israeli, a 62 year old man, had been kidnapped. The brief mention of the young man’s death confirms what I had related in comment #2 here on 27 June.

    At a meeting of the Uniformed Police Auxiliary yesterday to discuss roadblocks and how to handle them, we were warned in the most stringent terms to be very wary of kidnappers – even people offering us rides.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    This story at Ynet.com is about the funeral of Eliyahu Asheri, z”l, may his blood be avenged. It brings this news story to its logical end.

  • Nancy

    I don’t understand what the Arabs think they can accomplish by doing this sort of thing. Surely by now anyone with half a brain cell would know that kidnapping, etc. does NOT inspire their enemies to talk or negotiate with them, it merely earns them the continuing rep of being bloody barbarian brutes? Why continue with such a stupid, pointless exercise that only brings about retaliation & condemnation? Please explain the Arab psyche to me in this matter?

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    I would prefer that an Arab explain th Arab psyche, but if the Israeli government does nothing to stop the kidnapping of civilians (all of its jabbering has been about kidnapping a soldier, then the civilians lose spirit and hope, and the government can accopmplish its own evil goal of eviscerating Judea and Samaria from the national psyche.

    The closest I can come to attempting to explain the Arab psyche is found in this brief story:

    The words of my friend Sergio Tezza explaining the tactics of the Arabs is proven yet again – Gaza Arabs from all walks of life told him in 1978 when he visited there an Italian tourist and asked why Jewish women and children were targeted by terror attacks – “It’s one less Jew to deal with.”