Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued this statement from the emergency cabinet meeting he called Monday night: It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the discovery of three bodies which show every sign of belonging to the three boys, Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali. They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals. On behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to inform the bereaved families, mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers, that our heart bleeds for them. An entire nation weeps. Even Satan ccould not avenge the murder of a child and these young boys were on their way home to their parents, who will never see them again. Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” the prime minister said in conclusion.
The cabinet meeting was called to determine how Hamas will pay. Every leader, including the prime minister, defense minister and chief of staff vowed during the nerve-wracking search for the boys that if they were harmed, the punishment meted out by Israel would be harsh.