Thursday 19th June, 2014
*President Peres met with the families of the kidnapped boys; Eyal Yifrach,Â Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar*
*President Peres:*Â *”The security forces will do everything to bring the boys home.”*Â *”We must recruit the world — I will raise the cry of the people of IsraelÂ against terrorism.”*
*Ofir Shaar, father of Gilad:*Â *”We expect the whole world to act to free our boys.”*Â *”Your words strengthen us as we stand strong and united in this difficultÂ time”*
The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, met this morning withÂ the families of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar at theÂ President’s Residence in Jerusalem. President Peres embraced the familiesÂ and heard from them about their experiences over the past days. PresidentÂ Peres said, “I asked to meet you because this is a national event, theÂ whole nation is united and standing by your side and praying with you forÂ the safe return of your boys. The security forces are working day and nightÂ in every street and alley of Hebron and leaving no stone unturned in theÂ effort to find your boys.” President Peres stressed that, “The securityÂ forces will do everything to bring the boys home.”
President Peres addressed the reaction in the world and said, “The leadersÂ of the world must make their voices heard loud and clear, they must take aÂ strong stance against terror. Terror is a global problem, not just anÂ Israeli one — we must recruit the world.” President Peres told the familiesÂ that he will raise the same demand during his visit to the United StatesÂ next week, “The world is not yet recruited; during my conversations withÂ President Obama and the leaders of the US Congress I will raise the cry ofÂ the people of Israel against terrorism, both in private and in public. WeÂ must continue to pressure the terrorists, to remove their sources ofÂ funding. Just as there were sanctions against Iran we must raise theÂ sanctions against any source of terror. They must be brought to justice.Â And we must call out, so that the children in countries which fosterÂ terrorism know that it is a disaster for them as well.”
Ofir Shaar, the father of Gilad, said, “”We thank you, Mr. President, forÂ your involvement on behalf of our sons, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal. YourÂ invitation to us is another example of the genuine support we have feltÂ over the past days from all directions, with no distinction betweenÂ religion, politics or sector. Your words strengthen us as we stand strongÂ and united in this difficult time that our families find themselves in. TheÂ people of Israel are with us. The Jews of the world are with us. We expectÂ the whole world to act to free our boys. We ask of you all to do more andÂ to your positive thoughts, to increase your prayers alongside the actionsÂ of the security services who are working night and day to bring backÂ Naftali, Eyal and Gilad home safely as soon as possible.”Â During the meeting, which lasted over an hour and a half, the parents toldÂ President Peres about their children, about their hobbies, about the sourceÂ of their names and about their friends and family. Eyal’s parents toldÂ President Peres that not long ago their son had visited the President’sÂ Residence with his pre-military study program, *Mechinat Eli*. Gilad’sÂ parents told President Peres that their son loves his friends and fiveÂ sisters. Naftali’s parents spoke about his excellence as a student and hisÂ love for playing the guitar.
*Photo Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO*