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The mothers of the three yeshiva boys with former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Their sons were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Gush Etzion in June 2014. The families now back the annual Jerusalem Unity Prize.

The massively popular American HBO cable company and the international arm of Keshet are currently filming a series about the stormy days before Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 summer war with Hamas.

Following the “Games of Thrones”, “Westworld”, “Oz” and “Sex and the City”, HBO came to Israel to shoot the flagship series, ‘Summer 2014,’ which describes the turbulent days preceding Operation Protective Edge.

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The American cable network series, produced in cooperation with Keshet International, the international arm of the Israeli television company, will deal with riots and confrontations that took place throughout the country, including the kidnapping of the three youths Gil-Sha’ar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach. It is being produced in three languages: English, Hebrew and Arabic.

This is a huge production by one of the largest television companies in the world, and possibly the largest international production ever to take in Israel. The set, built at a cost of millions of dollars in the Rishon LeZion dunes, is actually a reconstruction of parts of the territories and the Shuafat neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The massive production features more than 400 professionals, including actors, extras and production people. Among the Israelis participating in the production: esteemed director Joseph Cedar and Israeli Arab actor Shadi Mar’i.

Keshet did not respond to a request for information.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.