Today Hamas admitted what we already knew, but it’s one less thing for Israel’s critics to trash the Jewish state about. Many said that Israel blamed Hamas for the killing of the three Israeli boys as a pretext to going to war.

In a speech posted to YouTube, Hamas leader Salach Aruri claims the terrorist group was responsible for the kidnappings of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel. The three boys’ dead bodies were found on June 30.

“The struggle of the masses of our people has expanded to include all the territories that have been occupied, and the highlight of it was the heroic deed, that was carried out by Al-Qassam Brigades ­– the kidnappings of three settlers in Hebron,” Aruri says in the video, in which he also references the three boys by their names. Watch the clip below: