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Peres Meets Hostage Families, Promises to Let Obama Know

President says nation is united to find missing teens, demands int'l community condemn attack
Peres meets with Shaar, Frenkel and Yifrach families

Peres meets with Shaar, Frenkel and Yifrach families
Photo Credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90

President Shimon Peres met with the parents of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel Thursday, embracing the families and listening to their experiences over the past week. The president assured the families that “the whole nation is united and standing by your side and praying with you for the safe return of your boys. The security forces are working day and night in every street and alley of Hebron and leaving no stone unturned in the effort to find your boys.”

”The security forces will do everything to bring the boys home,” Peres added.

Peres also addressed international reaction to the kidnapping, saying, ”The leaders of the world must make their voices heard loud and clear, they must take a strong stance against terror. Terror is a global problem, not just an Israeli one – we must recruit the world.”

Despite the visit and Peres’ strong expression of moral support, the meeting also raised questions that could make for an uncomfortable visit to Washington, D.C. next week. The president demanded the international community condemn the attack and act strongly to help Israel bring the boys home.

Peres also promised to inform US officials about the abduction. Washington, D.C. has apparently experienced a major, city-wide, unreported computer glitch in recent weeks; for that reason, President Barack Obama has remained silent on the crisis.

There is no indication whether Peres will be meeting with State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, in order to furnish her with the name of Naftali Frenkel, the US citizen who has been held incommunicado for a week.

Lastly, the president added that he would “raise the cry of the people of Israel against terrorism, both in private and in public. We must continue to pressure the terrorists to remove their sources of funding. Just as there were sanctions against Iran we must raise the sanctions against any source of terror. They must be brought to justice. And we must call out, so that the children in countries which foster terrorism know that it is a disaster for them as well.”

Ofir Shaar, the father of Gilad, said, “We thank you, Mr. President, for your involvement on behalf of our sons, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal. Your invitation to us is another example of the genuine support we have felt over the past days from all directions, with no distinction between religion, politics or sector. Your words strengthen us as we stand strong and united in this difficult time that our families find themselves in. The people of Israel are with us. The Jews of the world are with us. We expect the whole world to act to free our boys. We ask of you all to do more and to your positive thoughts, to increase your prayers alongside the actions of the security services who are working night and day to bring back Naftali, Eyal and Gilad home safely as soon as possible.”

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8 Responses to “Peres Meets Hostage Families, Promises to Let Obama Know”

  1. Obama doesn’t give a s***t.

  2. YA YOU RIGHT. HELENA
    100%
    WELL HE IS A MUSLIM TERRORIST WE DONT LIKE THAT F…. MONKEY.
    I DID NOT VOTE FOR A MUSLIM TERRORIST.
    I DO NOT LIKE THAT EVIL MUSLIM TERRORIST.
    AND WE DO NOT MAKE DEALS WITH THAT TERRORIST…

  3. He is not a God.
    We just believe to the One creator is YHWH.

  4. It’s a shame to look to Christians for anything. Maybe when the Temple is rebuilt we can erect Roman eagles and crosses. And we should make our pilgrimage quickly before it is destroyed again rightfully.

  5. Uzi Kattan says:

    Shimon Persky only adds to the families pain with his comments. Obama doesn't care about Jews except for the liberal JINOs who voted for him.

  6. Like if Obama doesn't know about the kidnapping!

  7. We all hope and pray for the safe return of these three innocent boys
    Harming them will not solve anything and will just make the conflict worse. NO ONE SHOULD GO THROUGH THE HORROR OF LOSING A CHILD NO MATTER WHAT SIDE YOU'RE ON

  8. …letting him know that Pollard is still in prison or is it the new Middle East cooked up by morons…

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