Israel's military action in Gaza has been widely defended as a defensive reaction to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians. Hamas was blamed: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the world, "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay." Those words prefaced the current military campaign.
But now it appears that Hamas was not responsible for the deaths after all, which were the work of a "lone cell." Buzzfeed's Middle East correspondent reports on Israel's admission:
After Israel's top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they've now admitted killers were acting as "lone cell."- Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) July 25, 2014
Order of events: 3 teens kidnapped->100s of Palestns in WB arrested->revenge attacks on Palestinians->violence along Gaza/Israel border->war- Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) July 25, 2014
Via New York Magazine.