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Modi'in Cemetery, Israel - Three Abducted Teens Laid To Rest, Tens Of Thousands Attend Joint Funerals

Published on: July 1, 2014 01:11 PM
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Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014.  Flash90Modi’in Cemetery, Israel The bodies of Eyal Yifrah, 19, from Elad; Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, from Nof Ayalon - who were murdered nearly three weeks ago by terrorists after being abducted on their way home from school - were laid to rest side by side this afternoon in Modi’in cemetery.

Tens of thousands took part at the funeral ceremony that began at roughly 6:40 p.m., with slightly over an hour delay apparently due to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s late arrival amid the complicated arrangements of coordinating the thousands of participants.

The three bodies, wrapped in Israeli flags, were laid beside the podium.

At the start of the ceremony, the fathers of the three murdered teens recited kaddish (the prayer for the dead) together, facing the flag-draped bodies of their sons.

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Rabbi Dov Zinger, Dean of Yeshiva Makor Chaim in Kfar Etzion where Naftali and Gilad studied, and where the teens were returning from when they were abducted and murdered, spoke next.

“You were abducted at the start, the very start of your lives,” said the rabbi, describing the boys and their personalities.

Addressing the families, the rabbi commented “you opened your hearts and your doors to us in recent days,” noting how through bringing all of Israel together in sorrow - from across the religious and political spectrum - they succeeded in unifying the nation.

“Let us remember that saying ‘two Jews, three opinions’ - but one heart,” remarked Rabbi Zinger.
 Friends of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, crying at his funeral service in his hometown of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Later Naftali is to be buried together with the two others teenage Israelis who were kidnapped on June 12 and soon after murdered.  EPA/JIM HOLLANDER
Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau in his passionate speech described how “you see the nation with so much empathy…we saw what a strong nation there is here…no one could ever harm this nation…because it’s one nation with one heart.”

“Even if you cut off these three flowers you never will succeed, because there’s a continuation. There’s Gilad, Naftali and Eyal in all the people of Israel and the whole world,” added Rabbi Lau. Addressing G-d, he added “No one can defeat this people, even in hard moments they stand before You in prayer. ...They don’t give up on an eternal tradition.”

“Rest in peace, our holy brothers, rest in peace on the the land…whose many children accompany you today with a promise that we are continuing,” concluded the rabbi. “The sons continues in the land that is an inheritance of their fathers, which became an inheritance of the sons.”

A visibly emotional Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu then took to the podium.

“In the last 18 days the figures of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali were carved on our hearts. ...This day spontaneously became a national day of mourning.

“The whole nation prayed for the return of the boys, and the whole nation saw the nobility of spirit, and inner strength of you, the parents,” added the prime minister.

“The nation understood immediately the depth of the roots and the strength of spirit you possess,” continued Netanyahu, turning to the parents. “We learned a lesson that will not be forgotten, of faith and firmness, of unity and sensitivity, of Judaism and humanity.”

Netanyahu continued “a whole nation stood together and received a reminder: who are we? why are we here?”

Addressing the mothers Racheli, Bat-Galim and Iris, Netanyahu remarked “you gave the whole world a lesson about the cry of a mother,” likely referencing their speech at the UN.

“These are despicable murderers of children, whose brothers rejoice over the spilled blood of the innocent. A deep moral abyss separates between us and our enemies. They sanctify death, we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty, and we sanctify mercy. That’s the secret to our strength, and also the basis for our unity,” noted Netanyahu.

“Life has it’s own strength, like a river that drags us forward, and gives us hope,” concluded the Prime Minister. “An entire nation cries and embraces you…they will be a source of comfort.”

Jerusalem Post/AP/Arutz 7 contributed to this report.

President Shimon Peres speaks during the funeral ceremony of the three murdered Jewish boys in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014.  Flash90
President Shimon Peres in his farewell to Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel said, “We prayed for a miracle, unfortunately a tragedy occurred,”.

“We will strike with a strong hand until terror is eradicated at the root,” Peres vowed. “Terrorism is a boomerang,” the president added, saying that acts of terror such as the kidnapping are directed at Israel, but do more harm to those who carry out the acts.

President Shimon Peres embraces father of Gilad Sha'ar during the funeral ceremony of the three murdered Jewish boys in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014.

President Shimon Peres embraces a father of one of the three murdered Jewish boys during the joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014.

President Shimon Peres embraces a father of one of the three murdered Jewish boys during the joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014.

Chief Rabbi of Israel,  Itzhak Yosef, speaks during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Chief Rabbi of Israel,  Itzhak Yosef, speaks during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, speaks during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, speaks during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
People seen mourning during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)People seen mourning during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
People seen mourning during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)People seen mourning during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Jewish men seen crying over the graves of the three murdered Jewish teens after their joint funeral ceremony, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Jewish men seen crying over the graves of the three murdered Jewish teens after their joint funeral ceremony, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Jewish men seen placing rocks on the graves of the three murdered Jewish teens after their joint funeral ceremony, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Jewish men seen placing rocks on the graves of the three murdered Jewish teens after their joint funeral ceremony, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Jewish men seen praying during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Jewish men seen praying during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Jewish men seen praying during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Jewish men seen praying during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Jewish young men seen praying during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Jewish young men seen praying during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Jewish young men mourn during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Jewish young men mourn during the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Thousands of people attend the joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3-R) and his wife Sara (2-R), Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon (3-L) and President Shimon Peres (R) attend the joint funeral of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in, 01 July 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on 12 June.  EPA/BAZ RATNER / POOL (Credit: EPA)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3-R) and his wife Sara (2-R), Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon (3-L) and President Shimon Peres (R) attend the joint funeral of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in, 01 July 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on 12 June.  EPA/BAZ RATNER / POOL (Credit: EPA)
Rachel (3rd R) and Avi (2nd R) Fraenkel, parents of U.S.-Israeli national Naftali, 16, one of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, mourn as they sit next to Israeli President Shimon Peres during their son's joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16.  (Credit: REUTERS)Rachel (3rd R) and Avi (2nd R) Fraenkel, parents of U.S.-Israeli national Naftali, 16, one of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, mourn as they sit next to Israeli President Shimon Peres during their son’s joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (centre L) consoles Avi Fraenkel (centre R), father of one of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, during his son's joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (centre L) consoles Avi Fraenkel (centre R), father of one of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, during his son’s joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Avi Fraenkel (L) and Ori Yifrah, fathers of two of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, as they hug during their sons' joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) stands next to Avi Fraenkel (L) and Ori Yifrah, fathers of two of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, as they hug during their sons’ joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Bat-Galim Shaer (R) and Iris Yifrah (C), mothers of two of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, mourn during the joint funeral of their sons in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Bat-Galim Shaer (R) and Iris Yifrah (C), mothers of two of the three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, mourn during the joint funeral of their sons in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes the three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogizes the three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) eulogizes three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) eulogizes three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, during their joint funeral in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Orthodox Jews pray on a mountainside during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Orthodox Jews pray on a mountainside during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A Jewish youth prays during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)A Jewish youth prays during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A Jewish youth prays during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)A Jewish youth prays during the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israelis attend the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israelis attend the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
An Israeli flag flies as people attend the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)An Israeli flag flies as people attend the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israelis attend the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israelis attend the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
An Israeli boy attends the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi'in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)An Israeli boy attends the joint funeral of three Israeli teens, Gil-Ad Shaer, U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, in the Israeli city of Modi’in July 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza.  (Credit: REUTERS)
President Shimon Peres speaks during the funeral ceremony of the three murdered Jewish boys in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)President Shimon Peres speaks during the funeral ceremony of the three murdered Jewish boys in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)
President Shimon Peres embraces father of Gilad Sha'ar during the funeral ceremony of the three murdered Jewish boys in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)President Shimon Peres embraces father of Gilad Sha’ar during the funeral ceremony of the three murdered Jewish boys in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)
President Shimon Peres embraces a father of one of the three murdered Jewish boys during the joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)President Shimon Peres embraces a father of one of the three murdered Jewish boys during the joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)
President Shimon Peres embraces a father of one of the three murdered Jewish boys during the joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)President Shimon Peres embraces a father of one of the three murdered Jewish boys during the joint funeral ceremony at the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)
Bat-Galim (front 2nd R) and Ofir (front R) Shaer, parents of Gil-Ad, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, stand next to the Israeli flag-covered body of their son during a memorial service before his funeral, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Talmon July 1, 2014. Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)Bat-Galim (front 2nd R) and Ofir (front R) Shaer, parents of Gil-Ad, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, stand next to the Israeli flag-covered body of their son during a memorial service before his funeral, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Talmon July 1, 2014. Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)
Friends and relatives mourn during a memorial service for Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, before his funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Talmon July 1, 2014. Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)Friends and relatives mourn during a memorial service for Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, before his funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Talmon July 1, 2014. Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)
Friends and relatives mourn during a memorial service for Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, before his funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Talmon July 1, 2014. Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)Friends and relatives mourn during a memorial service for Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, before his funeral in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Talmon July 1, 2014. Thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday in an outpouring of national grief for the burial of the three Israeli teenagers whose abduction and killing Israel blamed on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group it vowed to punish. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)
Friends of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, crying at his funeral service in his hometown of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Later Naftali is to be buried together with the two others teenage Israelis who were kidnapped on June 12 and soon after murdered. (Credit: EPA)Friends of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, crying at his funeral service in his hometown of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Later Naftali is to be buried together with the two others teenage Israelis who were kidnapped on June 12 and soon after murdered. (Credit: EPA)
Friends of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, crying at his funeral service in his hometown of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Later Naftali is to be buried together with the two others teenage Israelis who were kidnapped on June 12 and soon after murdered. (Credit: EPA)Friends of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, crying at his funeral service in his hometown of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Later Naftali is to be buried together with the two others teenage Israelis who were kidnapped on June 12 and soon after murdered. (Credit: EPA)
The parents of Naftali Frenkel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, Rachel (L) and Abraham, sit in front of their son's body wrapped in an Israeli flag during his funeral service in their town of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)The parents of Naftali Frenkel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, Rachel (L) and Abraham, sit in front of their son’s body wrapped in an Israeli flag during his funeral service in their town of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)
The body of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, covered in an Israeli flag, is carried onto a lawn outside a synagogue during his funeral service in the town of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Thousands of people turned out for the service.  Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)The body of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, covered in an Israeli flag, is carried onto a lawn outside a synagogue during his funeral service in the town of Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Thousands of people turned out for the service.  Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)
The body of Gilad Sha'ar, wrapped in the Israeli flag, is led during a funeral procession ceremony held in his family's hometown of Talmon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)The body of Gilad Sha’ar, wrapped in the Israeli flag, is led during a funeral procession ceremony held in his family’s hometown of Talmon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)
Defense Minister Moshe Boogie Yaalon approaches Iris Ifrach, mother of the late Eyal Ifrach, during a funeral procession ceremony in Elad ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)Defense Minister Moshe Boogie Yaalon approaches Iris Ifrach, mother of the late Eyal Ifrach, during a funeral procession ceremony in Elad ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
The parents (C) and other family members of Naftali Frankel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, attend his funeral service in Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)The parents (C) and other family members of Naftali Frankel, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, attend his funeral service in Nof Ayalon, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)
A woman mourns during a memorial service for U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, before his funeral, in the central Israeli village of Nof Ayalon July 1, 2014. Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas after finding the bodies of three missing teenagers whose abduction and killing it blames on the Palestinian Islamist group. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaar, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)A woman mourns during a memorial service for U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, before his funeral, in the central Israeli village of Nof Ayalon July 1, 2014. Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas after finding the bodies of three missing teenagers whose abduction and killing it blames on the Palestinian Islamist group. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed are Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaar, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)
The body of Gilad Sha'ar, wrapped in the Israeli flag, is led during a funeral procession ceremony held in his family's hometown of Nof Ayalon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)The body of Gilad Sha’ar, wrapped in the Israeli flag, is led during a funeral procession ceremony held in his family’s hometown of Nof Ayalon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)
Women cry during the eulogy ceremony for Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)Women cry during the eulogy ceremony for Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)
People mourn during the eulogy ceremony for Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)People mourn during the eulogy ceremony for Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)
Iris Yifrach (C) mother of Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, attends her son's eulogy ceremony before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)Iris Yifrach (C) mother of Eyal Yifrach, one of the three Israeli teens found dead, attends her son’s eulogy ceremony before his funeral at the synagogue in city of Elad, Israel, 01 July 2014. Israel was weighing further punitive measures against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas after three Israeli teens were found dead in a West Bank field, 18 days after they disappeared trying to hitchhike home. The bodies of the teens were found under a pile of rocks near the town of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron, by teams of volunteers and Israeli troops combing the area. (Credit: EPA)
Rachel (front L) and Avi (2nd R) Fraenkel, parents of U.S.-Israeli national Naftali, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, mourn near the Israeli flag-covered body of their son during a memorial service before his funeral, in the central Israeli village of Nof Ayalon July 1, 2014. Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas after finding the bodies of the three missing teenagers whose abduction and killing it blames on the Palestinian Islamist group. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed were Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaar, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)Rachel (front L) and Avi (2nd R) Fraenkel, parents of U.S.-Israeli national Naftali, 16, one of three Israeli teens who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank, mourn near the Israeli flag-covered body of their son during a memorial service before his funeral, in the central Israeli village of Nof Ayalon July 1, 2014. Israel bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking at Hamas after finding the bodies of the three missing teenagers whose abduction and killing it blames on the Palestinian Islamist group. The Islamist group has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the disappearance of the students as they hitchhiked near a Jewish settlement on June 12 nor in the cross-border rocket salvoes from Gaza. The other two Israeli teens who were killed were Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaar, 16.  (Credit: Reuters)
The body of Gilad Sha'ar, wrapped in the Israeli flag, is led during a funeral procession ceremony held in his family's hometown of Nof Ayalon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)The body of Gilad Sha’ar, wrapped in the Israeli flag, is led during a funeral procession ceremony held in his family’s hometown of Nof Ayalon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists. (Credit: Flash90)
Ofir (L) and Bat Galim (R) Sha'ar, parents of the late Gilad Sha'ar, mourn during a funeral procession ceremony held in their hometown of Nof Ayalon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha'ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)Ofir (L) and Bat Galim (R) Sha’ar, parents of the late Gilad Sha’ar, mourn during a funeral procession ceremony held in their hometown of Nof Ayalon, ahead of a joint funeral for the three murdered Jewish teens, that will take place later in Modiin, on July 1, 2014. The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel were discovered the previous day,their bodies were discovered in a field near Karmei Tzur in the West Bank. The three teenagers had been missing since June 12, while hitchhiking in the West Bank, and were presumed to have been abducted by terrorists.  (Credit: Flash90)


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 Jul 01, 2014 at 01:47 PM SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 01:50 PM sissel613 Says:

I have no words--Hashem Yinkom Damam--יהי זכרם ברוך

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:03 PM Ohme Says:

NO WORDS!!

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:05 PM dmmd25 Says:

May G-d protect our people and avenge or enemies.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:14 PM ALTERG Says:

So so heartbreaking,
Pls pls pls I bag all parents in israel DONT live in the settlements, its so dangeres there the arabs & hamas are animals, just live them alone

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

At a time like this????????????????????????????????

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
ALTERG Says:

So so heartbreaking,
Pls pls pls I bag all parents in israel DONT live in the settlements, its so dangeres there the arabs & hamas are animals, just live them alone

the settlements are the only buffer zone between
these
animals and the rest of israel

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

You are some piece of work. Hashem Yerachaim.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
ALTERG Says:

So so heartbreaking,
Pls pls pls I bag all parents in israel DONT live in the settlements, its so dangeres there the arabs & hamas are animals, just live them alone

Liar, you don't want any Jews to live ANYWHERE in Israel, now back to the woodwork to you.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:45 PM avraham Says:

reply to # 1,
Better than the six million who heeded the advice of the anti Zionist Rabbis and died with their Tallis

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 02:49 PM Sociologist Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

Do you know how many Jews have died for that flag? When the Jewish Fighting Organization rose up in Warsaw what flag do you think they raised above the Nazis? When the Jews fought to defend then land from invading hoards in 1948 what flag did they raise? And BTW, how do you know if there was not a tallit below the flag? And what was the condition of the niftar? Serve in the army and or in a chevrah kaddisha before you share your cynical and inappropriate comments.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 03:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

Stop it already!

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 03:19 PM The-hak Says:

And don't hitchhike not in usa not in israel. !!! Tenahamu min hashomayim

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 03:24 PM Mourning Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

Instead of taleisim? There is no doubt they were wrappred in taleisim as well. At a time like this is your comment really necessary? is this all you can think about? Everyone else is at a loss for words

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 03:33 PM Anonymous Says:

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avraham Says:

reply to # 1,
Better than the six million who heeded the advice of the anti Zionist Rabbis and died with their Tallis

The nazis didn't even let them keep their Tallaisim!

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 03:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

Wrong of you to make this insensitive comment. You know why? It will come to you in a dream tonite.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 03:46 PM Doula Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

Stupid, insensitive comment.....you missed the whole point, nebach.....

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 04:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Mourning Says:

Instead of taleisim? There is no doubt they were wrappred in taleisim as well. At a time like this is your comment really necessary? is this all you can think about? Everyone else is at a loss for words

Why do you ridicule people who find comfort in the observance of halacha?

We are used to seeing the tallis it reminds us that Hashem runs the world, not men.

We find comfort in the observance of our minhagim and our rituals.

I am also upset by not seeing the tallis. It reminds me that just as there are tragedies and times of great sorrow there will also again be G-d willing better times of joy and simcha.

B"DE May Hashem comfort the families among the mourners of Zion.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 04:25 PM UriLevi Says:

Hashem Yikom Et Damam. The tikkun, - if we can dare to say that in the context of such savagery- is what we experienced as KLAL YISROEL these past 18 days. All Jews put aside their differences (Chareidi, Daati Leumi, Ashkanazi, Sphardi, Chiloni) to focus on three innocent and carefree Yeshiva students. The message and the Tikkun from this horrific tragedy is that all of us Jews- no matter our background- can come together in any situation in a non-judgmental & open hear-ted manner AND unity & love will ensue...despite the outcome of the gathering or the goal of the movement.. THAT IS THE MESSAGE WE MUST BE SPREADING. Hashem will take care of our enemies at a time he sees fit. Being non judgmental and praying from our hearts...that is our our Tikkun...lets do it!!!!

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 04:53 PM Sociologist Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Why do you ridicule people who find comfort in the observance of halacha?

We are used to seeing the tallis it reminds us that Hashem runs the world, not men.

We find comfort in the observance of our minhagim and our rituals.

I am also upset by not seeing the tallis. It reminds me that just as there are tragedies and times of great sorrow there will also again be G-d willing better times of joy and simcha.

B"DE May Hashem comfort the families among the mourners of Zion.

If you want to see tallitot go to shul. When we go to funerals in the US you never see a tallit, the aron is closed and we assume (correctly) that the chevrah has prepared the niftar k'halach v'k'minhag.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 04:54 PM Sociologist Says:

Reply to #19  
UriLevi Says:

Hashem Yikom Et Damam. The tikkun, - if we can dare to say that in the context of such savagery- is what we experienced as KLAL YISROEL these past 18 days. All Jews put aside their differences (Chareidi, Daati Leumi, Ashkanazi, Sphardi, Chiloni) to focus on three innocent and carefree Yeshiva students. The message and the Tikkun from this horrific tragedy is that all of us Jews- no matter our background- can come together in any situation in a non-judgmental & open hear-ted manner AND unity & love will ensue...despite the outcome of the gathering or the goal of the movement.. THAT IS THE MESSAGE WE MUST BE SPREADING. Hashem will take care of our enemies at a time he sees fit. Being non judgmental and praying from our hearts...that is our our Tikkun...lets do it!!!!

Thank you!

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 05:36 PM Ha-arah Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

The boys were all covered in a talis, and the flag was over the tallis. If you would listen to the hesped given by the father of one boy who said "All I was yearning for was to cover you by Birchas kohanim one more time, and now your holy body is covered with my tallis". Furthermore, according to the rama in Y"D there is a minhag not to cover at all with a talis in accordance with what is nifsak in the Yerushalmi in the name of Aba Shaul.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 05:58 PM Anonymous Says:

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avraham Says:

reply to # 1,
Better than the six million who heeded the advice of the anti Zionist Rabbis and died with their Tallis

Maybe #1 is not as smart as you. But you , who considers yourself smart how dare you write such words!

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 06:46 PM zippobel Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

The Thalis was under the Israeli flag, you fool. Most normal people would only see faces filled with sorrow and pain, you look for trouble.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 06:52 PM zippobel Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Why do you ridicule people who find comfort in the observance of halacha?

We are used to seeing the tallis it reminds us that Hashem runs the world, not men.

We find comfort in the observance of our minhagim and our rituals.

I am also upset by not seeing the tallis. It reminds me that just as there are tragedies and times of great sorrow there will also again be G-d willing better times of joy and simcha.

B"DE May Hashem comfort the families among the mourners of Zion.

And the families and a nation could see that these boys died for a country they loved and believed in. The Talis was under the flag. Their love of Hashem was apparent, they were all learning in a Yeshiva.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 07:02 PM pbalaw Says:

I was there, it wasn't tens of thousands , it was more like hundreds of thousands

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 09:20 PM savtat Says:

The decorum and the derech eretz that the assembled displayed was the biggest k'vod Shamayim. That even in such a sad terrible time, they all came together and were so respectful and loving to the families.

These families weren't trained for such a tragedy, yet they conducted themselves with such dignity and honor and thanked everyone who was involved in the search and bringing the boys back, even under such circumstances.

How do you think this would have played out in a different country???

The flag of Israel is holy. Just like the tallis - it represents the return of the Jewish People to the country of Israel. It represents self sacrifice and love for each other. Even in a tough time like today.

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 Jul 01, 2014 at 10:02 PM Rachel W. Says:

Reply to #1  
SGMoish Says:

The Flags instead of Taleisim are very absurd. Zionists until the end??

Disgusting comment. Don't you even know when to restrain yourself?

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 Jul 02, 2014 at 04:20 AM Avi1231 Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

Maybe #1 is not as smart as you. But you , who considers yourself smart how dare you write such words!

Why how dare he? If it wasn't still going on, I might agree. Simple fact is the left-wing in the state of Israel is egging on terrorists till we're getting led off to gas chambers again. Israel can either resoundingly smash the left and stop taking everyone's crap. We will only survive by being strong and showing people we won't be walked all over anymore. No more appeasing terrorists or terrorist-supports in the west. No more talking to them at all. If they want peace it's time THEY demonstrate they want peace. We have done it ad nauseum. It's time people on the left stop acting like we don't have a right to our land. If Muslim Arabs want to share it that's fine but eventually all of this land will be ours. They've doomed themselves with this revival of kidnapping civilians. Thus far they had only snatched soldiers in the last couple decades as far as I know. Going back in history they have done this many times and we just shrugged it off. No more! We must fight back. Death to terrorist organizations. They think we have no right to exist but it is they who have no right.

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