Kidnapped Israeli teens’ identities revealed, search continues

(JNS.org) The names of three missing Israeli teenagers were released on Saturday as the manhunt for them continues around Hebron.

The teens were identified as Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon, who is a dual American-Israeli citizen, Gilad Shaar, 16, from Talmon, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, from Elad.

Kidnapped Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16,  Eyal Yifrach, 19. Credit: IDF Spokesperson Unit

Kidnapped Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16,  Eyal Yifrach, 19. Credit: IDF Spokesperson Unit

The teens were kidnapped near Gush Etzion while attempting to get rides home from school on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Rachel Frenkel, Naftali’s mother, said she was optimistic that her son would be found.

“Mom and Dad love you to no end, and Israel will bring you back,” Frenkel said in a televised statement on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

“People from all over the country are gathering to pray for your return. We love you and will celebrate your return!” said Frenkel.

Posted on June 15, 2014 .