Skip to comments.BREAKING: Three Yeshiva Students Kidnapped by Terrorists in Judea
Posted on 06/13/2014 8:04:37 AM PDT by Former Fetus
Three Israeli students from the Makor Chaim Yeshiva in the religious kibbutz Kfar Etzion were kidnapped by terrorists on Thursday night.
As the students made their way home from the Yeshiva, security forces say they were dragged into a vehicle driven by terrorists that had stopped for them as they waited at a hitchhiking post.
Makor Chaim Yeshiva is located between Jerusalem and Hevron in the Judea region.
IDF and police forces have been searching in the hours since the kidnapping to try and locate the three young students, while a gag order was placed on the press, due to the sensitive nature of the incident and the danger posed to the students.
Reports state that during the IDF search that ensued, special forces located a cell phone signal near the city of Hevron indicating that one of the captured had tried to call the police, but the call was cut off after seconds.
Meanwhile, the Arab Ma'an News Agency reported on Friday that IDF forces were searching the town of Dura to the southwest of Hevron, while Palestinian footage of IDF forces conducting searches was also aired.
Heavy military, Shin Bet and Border Guard patrols are working their way through the Hevron sector, including the Palestinian villages around the town, backed by deep intelligence operations in an attempt to find a trace of the boys.
A torched car with Israeli plates was also found, and investigators are trying to learn if there is a connection between the vehicle and the missing boys.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will issue a special statement holding Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas and his unity government responsible for the fate of the missing students.
Police have been in touch with the families and say that they have no reason to believe that the teenagers decided to go missing on their own, or run away from home.
From the Times of Israel: Islamic Jihad: Kidnappings the only way to release prisoners Senior official of terror organization calls on Palestinians to abduct Israeli citizens, target settlers in West Bank.
Please, pray for the safety of the students.
Implant timed squib charges in these prisoners and then swap 'em.
Maybe they'll take out a "Senior official" as well...
Here we go.
But the IDF has a few more balls than Obama, and will make the kidnappers pay.
Pray for Israel to start glassing Mecca.
"Six years later, in October 1985, Alpha Group was dispatched to war-torn Beirut, Lebanon. The Kremlin was informed of the kidnapping of four Soviet diplomats by the militant group, the Islamic Liberation Organization (a radical offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood). It was believed that this was retaliation for the Soviet support of Syrian involvement in the Lebanese Civil War. However, by the time Alpha arrived, one of the hostages had already been killed. Through a network of supporting KGB operatives, members of the task-force identified each of the perpetrators involved in the crisis, and once identified, began to take the relatives of these militants as hostages. Following the standard Soviet policy of no negotiations with terrorists, some of the hostages taken by Alpha Group were dismembered, and their body parts sent to the militants. The warning was clear: more would follow unless the remaining hostages were released immediately. The show of force worked, and for a period of 20 years no Soviet or Russian officials were taken captive."
prayers started as soon as I read the headline.
Was it The Judean Peoples’ Front or the Peoples’ Front of Judea?
for S.jackson’s ping list and for Albion’s prayer warriors
As big as a Monty Python fan as I am, I cannot find humor here.
For their rescue!
As we don’t need anymore lopsided prisoner swaps.
The Obama State Department will “Deplore the cycle of violence and call on all sides to exercise restraint”.
Obama’s swap of the Taliban for Bergdahl has not helped this situation...
Maybe the kidnappers will not have any balls after the IDF gets the prisoners free...
A few minutes ago, Hamas spokesman Hassan Badran openly called on Arabs in Judea and Samaria to obstruct the Israeli effort to find the boys.
Amen, I say to you, Amen.
Prayers for the students... .
Obama set the new standard with his foolish release of five top terrorists.
I expect these boys will be found, dead or alive, and I also expect that Israel will exact a heavy toll in retribution.
You can see the tensions mounting, the springs, rubber bands, whatever metaphor you wish, and the Israelis will go “Roman” on Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon, and it won’t be for “limited objectives” this time.
I think the Israelis have learned over the last almost 70 years that there are no limited objectives and that they can’t give back real estate to be left in peace.
They must understand by now that if the power balance were reversed there would be no Jew left living anywhere in Israel.
So, here’s to the Israelis—finally do what you were commanded to do by God and that you failed to obey. Kill everything, take no booty, slaughter all the animals, take no prisoners, wipe out the Baal worshippers forever (that would mean muslims who worship the same so-called “god” Allah, or as educated people would say, Satan).
Or not. God will do it for them anyway.
One of the three boys has US citizenship..pray that these boys are found alive..Israel will do whatever necessary to find them
You’re too generous-—the anexation should occur for the kidnapping in the first place. It shouldn’t cost an Israeli life to make the point. The rab dirtbags under stand overwhelming force and losing their sand holes.
Probably hoping for an Obama prisoner swap.
Probably hoping for an Obama prisoner swap.
Not being funny, but what were three Jewish teenagers doing wandering around the west bank hitch-hiking? I know people tend to be dumb at that age, but even at their age this was a monumentally dumb thing to do.
...you’re right, why should a Jew have to die in order to make gains? I stand corrected.
And .. the terrorists KNOW the U.S. will not come to help Israel.
Israel released 1,027 Palestinian terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit; likely the Palestinians will make out like bandits again this time.
He wouldn't lie, would he?
Oh great Obama will offer a dozen or so Gitmo Muslim Islamic terrorists and a few million dollars to free the American citizen.
On second thought, Obama hates Israel, he will do nothing...which is a good thing!
Happened before, like the soldier who was picked up by kippa wearing men, who saw a Sidur on the dash... and they were Palestinians. Notice the mention of that being a popular hitch hiking post, whatever that means.
One boy is an American and they are still missing.
I hitch hike in that area all the time. Between the old gate of Alon Shevut and the entrance gate to Kfar Etzion, there’s about half a kilometer of road, with an Arab village right next to the former. I would not walk that short distance for any money. But many do, at least in broad daylight. Heard about this case over Shabbos despite the news embargo.
It’s actually an excuse to go to war. Didn’t the IDF launch operations previously over kidnap pings?
Our problem is we dont fight street rules with street rules!
You say that there is a short distance that you will not walk because of the Arab village nearby, right? I don't understand how anybody would consider hitch hiking safer, especially after the Islamic Jihad call to kidnap Israelis. Bad if you do and bad if you don't! It is obvious that we cannot comprehend what life must be like in Judea and Samaria.
I have been praying for the peace of Jerusalem, now I have added praying for those boys, that HaShem will protect them the way He protected the spies in this week's parsha.
Hitchhiking is common in Israel, but from designated places like bus stops. Not really lone wolf hitchhiking such as we used to see here.
Not likely they would voluntarily get in a car with Arabs.
Prayers. God help us all.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced this morning that Hamas members were behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank on Thursday, and warned there would be "severe repercussions.
"This morning I can say what I was prevented from saying yesterday, before the wave of arrests of Hamas members in Judea and Samaria," Netanyahu said. "Those who carried out the abduction of our boys were members of Hamas. This has severe repercussions," he added.
Yeshiva students Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were abducted while hitchhiking in Gush Etzion on Thursday night, " Source: http://www.iba.org.il/world/?lang=en&entity=1018293&type=1
Hitch hiking is highly commonplace means of transportation in Judah and Samaria. I’ve seen even ten year olds hitching short distances. I often do it mysel.
A few things happened in this case: first that they hitch hiked at night; second, I think they decided to foot it from Kfar Etzion to Old Gate of Alon Shevut at night when nobody picked them up, thinking the old gate was a better prospect for getting a ride (short distance, like I said); third, they were laying for them with a whole gang. These were three boys, ages 16, 16 and 19. Usually, their adolescent size, while hardly full, but combined with their numbers, would have deterred any assault. But this was planned in advance, and they had the manpower to pull it off.
Hitch hiking is usually done at designated points, commonly bus stops, where there are enough people around to help against any attack. At the really big junctions, like Tzomet Gush Etzion, there is always a strong military presence. I think it is time that they posted a few teams of IDF at Old Gate and Kfar Etzion junctions, too, at least until the latest fun and games slack off.
Funny, I would never allow a child of mine to take his chances just to prove who owns the land. BUT if it were me... If I was young enough and managed to move to Judea or Samaria, I think I would hitchhike everywhere.
But maybe not at night!
I never thought of it as asserting any political statement. Jews do it. Arabs do it. We both know how to distinguish the one from the other. Just as it would be difficult for a Jew to pass as an Arab, it is also difficult for Arabs to pass as Jews, so kidnappings and assaults are a rarity. Body language, accent, cultural background are almost always a dead giveaway. Also, despite all the hoopla, most Arabs have lives, families to support, bills to pay, and are not out looking for trouble, even if they do celebrate obscenely with the rest of their fellow death cultists whenever children are murdered.
BTW, did you see the video of Eyal's brother praying. Very touching, but my Hebrew is so weak... What was he praying? Where can I get the words in both English and (transliterated) Hebrew so I can pray along?
One more question. I thought the proper way to pray would be using the Hebrew names, for example Eyal ben _____, but the mothers names are not given. Was I wrong?
They were reciting Psalm 121 responsively. No names mentioned in the video, but probably recited quitely beforehand. Don’t know where you can find transliteration, except in Chabad English Language/Hebrew bilingual prayer book published by Kehot, available on-line at Chabad.org. No guarantees that it will have that Psalm transliterated, though.
Thanks. I should have thought about it, since the Rabbinate had asked people to recite Psalm 121 when praying for the boys. Thanks again.