Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon denied Tuesday that the government had ordered the massive military hunt for the three abducted teenagers scaled down after twelve days with no results. Earlier, high-ranking IDF officers said some of the units had been withdrawn. The minister stressed, “It will take time to reach the boys and their abductors. But we’ll get there. We need patience.”
During the day, the curfew in the Hebron region was lifted for Palestinian movement on the West Bank, except for access to Israel.