US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday condemned the kidnapping of three settlers in Hebron and accused Hamas of kidnapping them and demanded their immediate release.
In a press statement Kerry said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. We hope for their quick and safe return home."
Kerry said Washington officials "continue to offer our full support for Israel in its search for the missing teens, and we have encouraged full cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian security services."
He said the US continues to "seek details on the parties responsible for this despicable terrorist act, although many indications point to Hamas' involvement."
"We reiterate our position that Hamas is a terrorist organisation known for its attacks on innocent civilians and which has used kidnapping in the past," Kerry said.