Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday lashed out at those who abducted the three Israeli teens last week, accusing them of "wanting to destroy [the PA]."
"These three boys are human beings like us, and they should be returned to their families," the Palestinian leader told foreign ministers at an Organization of the Islamic Conference gathering in Saudi Arabia.
Abbas added that it was in the Palestinians' interest to maintain close security coordination with the Israelis "in order to avoid a new intifada."
The Palestinian leader said he has been in contact with American officials regarding the kidnapping since one of the teens also holds US citizenship.
"I told [the Americans] that it didn't matter whether he is Israel or American," he said. "He's a human being."