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Kidnapped Teens’ Families

Kidnapped Teens’ Families

Families of abducted Israeli teens refuse to succumb to despair.

by Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org

As the days pass following the abduction of three Jewish teenagers near Hebron, the boys’ families are refusing to succumb to despair despite the uncertainty surrounding the situation.

Hamas terrorists kidnapped Gilad Shaar (16), Eyal Yifrach (19), and Naftali Frenkel (16) Thursday night while they were hitchhiking home from school, Israel has said. A massive manhunt has been underway since Friday to rescue the teens.

“I know that our children are on their way home,” Iris Yifrach, Eyal’s mother, said Sunday. “I feel it. I am very serene because God is watching over our children.”

Ouria Yifrach (right), father of missing Israeli teenager Eyal Yifrach, and Eyal's brother Assaf pray alongside hundreds for the safety of Eyal on June 14, 2014.
Credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90.

Hosting a religious gathering in her hometown of Elad, she said, “I look at this test that God has set before me, and I pray that He will rescue my son Eyal and Gilad and Naftali. This is a big test for all of us.”

The Shaer and Frenkel families thanked the people of Israel for the waves of support they have received.

“We are going through a difficult time in these last few days and I want to hug the people of Israel with a big embrace, an embrace of gratitude. An embrace of prayer,” said Bat-Galim Shaar, Gilad’s mother. “Gilad is strong, and I am sure that Naftali and Eyal are strong too. I want to ask the people of Israel to continue praying and being together. Continue giving that strength to our children, and with the help of God, with the power of this togetherness we will succeed.”

Earlier Sunday, Naftali Frenkel’s mother, Rachel, spoke to reporters, saying, “We are enveloped by a very warm circle of wonderful family and community. We know and feel that every effort is being made to bring the children home. We are grateful to every soldier in the field, every Shin Bet operative, the members of Knesset, the mothers and fathers of the soldiers in the battlefield, all the media personnel who are here, in the hot sun, to bring our story to the world. Thank you. Thank you very much.”

She added that her family is “well aware that the heavens are being torn open with prayer for our children, and we ask that you continue to pray. We are optimistic.”

Directly addressing her absent son, she said, “Naftali, your father and mother and siblings love you to no end. The nation of Israel is turning the world upside down in order to bring you home.”

Israeli Knesset members and ministers flocked to the families’ homes on Sunday to offer their support. As he was leaving the Frenkel home on Sunday, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said, “I came to support the family. What I am feeling is what everyone in Israel is feeling. The security forces are doing everything possible, and there is no better force anywhere in the world.”

Education Minister Shay Piron also visited the house, saying that “abducting 11th graders is morally the lowest terror organizations can go. I say this explicitly: This will not be worth it for anyone involved.”

Housing Minister Uri Ariel remarked that he had met “three extraordinary families.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, also visited the homes of the families on Sunday, telling the parents that she was deeply moved by the strength of their spirit.

“On behalf of myself, my husband, and the entire people of Israel, I want to give you strength and offer you my embrace,” she said. “We are all praying for the rapid and safe return of the three precious boys.”

Meanwhile, social services provided assistance to the immediate and extended families of the abducted teens.

“We arrive during the most intimate and difficult moments, offer our help, and leave the decision up to the family. In emergency situations like terror attacks we usually wait,” social worker Ariela Segal said.

Social workers visited the boys’ schools to help explain the situation to their classmates, said Segal.

Please pray for the safe return of:
Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah
Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim
Eyal ben Iris Teshura

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Published: June 15, 2014


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Visitor Comments: 11

(10) Anonymous, June 25, 2014 12:03 AM

NY Times

Getaheart!

(9) Anny Matar, June 20, 2014 11:04 AM

YOU REPRESENT EVERYTHING THAT'S BEAUTIFUL IN OUR COUNTRY

My heart and prayers join in with all Am Israel.
I am a Holocaust survivor of 88 Mother-Grandmother and Great -grandmother have gone through and seen much pain and terror therefore my unending admiration for your 3 wonderful families. I admire you all for standing straight, head held high and say "Af al pi chen" we're here and all of Israel is with us, despite you, despite all our enemies we will find our boys alive and rejoice, with Gd's help
I wish I could embrace you all, please accept my words instead,
Praying with you, Anny Matar (an ordinary Israeli).

(8) cindy graham, June 19, 2014 10:47 PM

NO WEAPON FORM AGAINST ISRAEL WILL PROSPER

MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THE THREE FAMILIES...ISRAEL IS A STRONG COUNTRY THAT G-D HAS TRULY BLESSED..THERE IS SO MUCH JEALOUSY TOWARDS ISRAEL AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR. I PRAY THAT THE THREE BOYS COME HOME SAFELY. I PRAY THAT THE HAND OF G-D IS AROUND THE THREE BOYS...THE WRATH OF G-D WILL COME TO THE ONES WHO DID THIS....I PRAY THAT THEY ARE SAFE AND THE WILL COME HOME FINE....DAILY I AM PRAYING FOR THE 3 BOYS...STAND TALL ISRAEL STAND TALL. LET NO ONE I MEAN NO ONE MAKE YOU FAINT...G-D IS ALWAYS WITH YOU...SINCE HE CREATED THE EARTH

(7) leahkatz, June 19, 2014 5:36 PM

dear aish,their families should be strong,and daven they will be back soon with hashem's help.thank you,leahkatz

(6) Anonymous, June 18, 2014 9:58 PM

Always at Risk

This is proof that all Arabs need to be ousted from the so called West Bank. We need to take Hebron back from the Arabs and expel them, then proceed to all remaining villages as well. I'll wager that a lot of the 'locals' know exactly where those three are, and are not talking. if this isn't done, they won't be the last to be abducted.

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