Report: Police fail to take necessary steps after 2014 abduction of Israeli teens

Nearly four years after three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered by Palestinians in the West Bank, a new report by Israel's State Comptroller states that the police have yet to implement the recommendations of an inquiry committee that was established after the incident.
The three Israeli teens abducted and murdered in 2014 Photo credit: Wikipedia

A new report by Israel's State Comptroller states that the Israel Police have failed to take the necessary steps following the 2014 abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank.

One of the teens, Gilad Shaer, 16, called the police while sitting in his abductors' vehicle. He whispered, "I've been kidnapped." However, the dispatcher could not hear him and the call was never traced. Instead, it was treated as an apparent prank call.

After the incident, a police inquiry committee recommended a series of immediate steps, including the addition of manpower to the police's call center and the improvement of the phone lines. It was further recommended that the dispatchers go through a refresher course. However, according to the State Comptroller's report, the police have yet to complete the implementation of these steps.

The Comptroller also noted that the call center was located in an unprotected building, a fact that may affect its ability to provide assistance during an emergency.

In a statement, the police said they "welcome the State Comptroller's report, embrace its conclusions and will act to implement the issues brought up in it."

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