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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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Sanctions rollbacks a 'Christmas present' for Iran

Israel has repeated its conviction that the offer of sanctions rollbacks for Iran would only achieve more time for Iran to master nuclear technology and amass potential bomb fuel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again voiced concerns over the offer of sanctions to Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again voiced concerns over the offer of sanctions to Iran. Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Channel Rossia in Moscow: "I think right now the international community ... has all the leverage to roll back its [Iran's] nuclear making capacities.

"It's a pity, just when they have this maximum leverage, that they're backing off and essentially giving Iran an unbelievable Christmas present - the capacity to maintain this breakout capability for practically no concessions at all."

Proposed Iran nuclear deal 'bad for rest of the world'

As world leaders gather in Geneva to discuss Iran, Israel has called for the sanctions to remain in place until Iran has dismantled its entire uranium enrichment programme.

"I understand that the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva - as well they should be, because they got everything and paid nothing," Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

"Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal," he added.

Israeli PM's Twitter account follows Iranian sex site

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official Twitter account briefly followed an Iranian sex site, The Times of Israel reports.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Twitter account followed an Iranian sex site. Credit: Twitter/@netanyahu

At 1am on Sunday morning the official account followed some 90 users on the social media website, many of them Israeli embassies or government figures, but one was a site which described itself as "the first library of hot sex books [in the] Persian language."

Seven hours after following the site, which only had 15 followers at that time, Netanyahu's official account unsubscribed to the Iranian sex site.

The Prime Minister's Office spokesman Mark Regev told the newspaper that his office had nothing to do with the incident.

The Likud Central Committee, who runs Netanyahu's account, said following the site was a "malfunction" that was being investigated.

Netanyahu: Rouhani is a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Israel's Prime Minister has branded the Iranian leader Rouhani "a wolf in sheep's clothing." Comparing Hassan Rouhani to his predecessor Mahmood Ahmadinejad, Benjamin Netanyahu said Ahmadinejad was "a wolf in wolf's clothing". While Rouhani "is a wolf in sheep's clothing."

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the United Nations.
Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the United Nations.

Addressing the UN, Netanyahu claimed that Rouhani's recent "charm offensive" is a ruse to get rid of biting sanctions and that Rouhani masterminded strategy to advance Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Read more: Iran wants quick nuclear deal

Israel, he said, will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and is ready to stand alone in defending against Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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