After The Anguish, Few Good Options Seen

As right wants to ‘eradicate’ Hamas leaders, Netanyahu in bind on retaliatory measures.

Israel Correspondents

Tel Aviv — As emotionally spent Israelis on Tuesday buried three teenagers who were discovered murdered in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was left to grapple with the question of how to craft a response — in a crisis that has become a crucial moment in his administration.

Mourners at funeral of Eyal Ifrach, one of the three yeshiva students found dead this week.  Getty Images

Lost Teens Still With Us

Vigil for ‘our boys’ united us in concern and caring.

Associate Editor

As we say in the Prayer for Dew (“the symbol of youthful promise”), with the boys in another world, “With His consent I shall speak of mysteries.”

Aryeh Kalb, 13, attends a vigil in New York in remembrance of three Israeli boys who were kidnapped and murdered. Getty Images

‘Don’t Let Time Weaken Our Fervor’

Support for kidnapped Israeli students continues to resonate here.

Staff Writer

Two weeks after Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped from the West Bank on their way home from school, local demonstrations of solidarity continue apace as “Bring Back Our Boys” efforts resonate throughout the community.

About 1,000 people turned out Tuesday in Midtown to show their support for three kidnapped Israeli students. Michael Datikash/JW

In Settlement Bloc, Kidnapping Shakes Sense Of Security

Residents of suburban Gush Etzion struggling for normalcy.


Efrat, West Bank (JTA) — At a shopping center in the middle of Efrat, families eat pizza, a deliveryman unloads a cart and a barista serves coffee. On a passing bus, a banner reads “Gush Etzion — an Israeli home.”

Israeli soldiers guard the roadside hitchhiking area at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. Flash 90

Palestinian Teen Dies In Clashes With IDF Troops


A Palestinian teenager was killed in a clash with Israeli troops searching for three abducted Israeli youths in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

Captured Hearts


While an anxious Israeli society awaited word on the fate of three kidnapped teenagers this week, the government in Jerusalem talked tough but was constrained by the realities of the situation. And the terror group Hamas appears protected by a thin, artificial veneer of diplomatic respectability.

Your Teen Is 'Tremping' In Territories

Kidnapped boys were hitchhiking as everybody does; no, my mom doesn't know.

Staff Writer

Josh Glahn, 19-year-old student at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, hitchhikes about 10 times a week.

The three boys stood at this designated stop for hitchhiking, before being kidnapped on Thursday. Josh Glahn/JW
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