One of the three boys kidnapped Thursday managed to tell police “We’ve been kidnapped!” but the report was still not given to security sources for hours, the military censor cleared for publication on Sunday afternoon.
The call was made to police dispatch around 10:30 p.m., but it was only as much as five hours later before security services were notified.
For the past 24 hours there has been furious criticism of police amid reports that they were notified of the suspected kidnapping but did not notify security forces, giving the kidnappers hours to flee the scene with the boys.
Israel Police has not directly responded to the report, telling reporters to speak to the Judea and Samaria police district and not the national headquarters.
On Saturday night, the Judea and Samaria district sent out a reply saying that it would neither confirm nor deny the reports that are the responsibility of the media outlets themselves.
On Sunday, Israel Police Headquarters said that there is no truth to the reports that a committee of inquiry has been opened to probe the incident, and that it would still neither confirm nor deny reports.
Israel Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino addressed the controversy for the first time on Sunday, saying that “it is our job to focus on the mission at hand – to find these youths. I heard the criticism and you know me and the Israel Police – we won’t dismiss anything that needs to be examined; we will check everything that happened and that needs to be done in a time and place that is fitting.”
Danino had been in New York until Saturday, where he had traveled to attend a conference.