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PM: Israel must prepare for protracted Gaza conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country must prepare for a protracted conflict in the Gaza Strip, ending any hopes of a quick end to fighting that has cost over 1,000 lives.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Sellem Marc Israel/ABACA

In a televised statement, he said that any solution to the crisis would require the demilitarisation of the Palestinian territory - which is controlled by Hamas.

Read: Gaza hospital hit after ceasefire calls

Benjamin Netanyahu says 'Hamas will pay' over deaths

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said "Hamas will pay" in response to the deaths of three kidnapped teenagers.

Netanyahu has vowed to respond to the deaths. Credit: Reuters

He added the teenagers "were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts".

The bodies of the boys - who went missing on June 12 - were discovered under a pile of rocks - after a huge operation by Israeli forces.

Israel immediately accused Hamas of being behind the kidnapping.

Teens missing in West Bank 'kidnapped by terrorists'

Three teenagers missing in the West Bank have been kidnapped by a terrorist group, Israel's prime minister said.

Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, as well as 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach went missing two days ago.

Israeli troops patrol as the search for the three teenagers continued. Credit: Reuters

Israeli media named Naftali as a US citizen.

"Our children were kidnapped by a terror group, (there is) no doubt about that," Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Mr Netanyahu said an "intensive operation" was underway to prevent the three teenagers being taken to the Gaza Strip or elsewhere.

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Arab league rejects recognizing Israel as 'Jewish state'

The Arab League endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rejection of Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as U.S.-backed peace talks approach a deadline next month.

The US want Mr Abbas to make the concession as part of efforts to reach a "framework agreement" and extend the talks aimed at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel's first prime minister to make recognition of his country as a Jewish state a requirement for peace.

Netanyahu hails Ariel Sharon as a 'great warrior'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has paid tribute to Ariel Sharon as "a great warrior and military leader" following his death at the age of 85.

Mr Netanyahu's official spokesperson tweeted:

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Read: Ariel Sharon - a brutal military man, astute politician and defender of Israel

Israel: Iran deal has made world 'much more dangerous'

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the nuclear deal with Iran "an historic mistake" and said it has "made the world a much more dangerous place".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Reuters

He said that the international community appeared to have switched position in not calling for a complete end to all uranium enrichment, and accused Iran of taking "cosmetic steps which it could reverse easily within a few weeks".

"Without continued pressure [on Iran], what incentive does the regime have to take serious steps which actually dismantle its nuclear weapons capability?"

"Israel is not bound by this agreement," he added.

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