Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri rejected comments made by Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki that if Hamas was responsible for abducting the three teens, it would threaten the reconciliation deal.

Abu Zuhri said the foreign minister's remarks "reflect his dubious positions," adding that though the kidnapping story is an Israeli version of what happened, "the policy of kidnapping soldiers and settlers is not a crime but a source of pride for Palestinians."

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