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Waiting, Hoping, Praying: A Nation Longs for Three Sons to Come Home

Eliezer Shulman

While senior IDF officials have announced that in the army’s estimation, the three yeshivah students kidnapped last Thursday night are still alive and being kept somewhere in the Judean Hills, heartrending prayers continue to rise heavenward from their towns, their yeshivos, and from shuls, schools, and spontaneous prayer vigils around the country.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Despite hopeful public statements by the security forces, there has been no sign of 16-year-oldsNaftaliFraenkelofNofAyalonandGil-AdMichaelShaerof Talmon, or 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach of Elad. With the military on high alert and additional infantry battalions, paratroopers, and Nachal brigades flooding the Chevron region, prayers, it seems, are the only ammunition of everyone else. “Our joint prayers have the power to save these kidnapped children,” chief rabbi RavDavidLau told students at theMekorChaimyeshivah inKfarEtzionwhere Naftali and Gil-Ad are students. “Our enemies can’t stand to see us living in this Holy Land, but the Jewish People will not be broken, as long as we call Heavenward with one heart…”Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called for “emergency investigative measures” (which means house-to-house searches, mass arrests of dozen of Hamas operatives, and physical pressure to extract information), while the Shin Bet secret service — which knows every inch of the territory and is sensitive to every irregularity in Judea and Samaria — is still trying to find the missing link in the kidnapping mystery. Based on collected information, it’s safe to assume that they have a pretty clear picture of what happened last Thursday night when the boys entered or were forced into the vehicle (or vehicles), but what they don’t know is who exactly are the kidnappers (although they are tracking two Hamas operatives who have been missing since last Thursday), and where the captives are being held, if they are indeed still alive.

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