Israel is leveraging its ongoing West Bank operation against Hamas, the Islamic organization it blames for the June 12 abduction of three missing teens, to test a new strategy for deterring terrorist trade in Israeli captives, security sources say.

Through mass arrests and sweeping raids of affiliated social, charitable and financial institutions, Israel is targeting the organization’s operational capacity and political incentive for seizing soldiers and civilians as bargaining chips in future prisoner-exchange deals.

Operation “Brother’s Keeper” offers a fertile proving ground for testing the aggressive counter-abduction strategy, but experts here warn results must be measured by time. […]