At the conclusion of the Sabbath, President Shimon Peres telephoned the parents of all three boys and told them that “We are one people, one family and we are together with you at this difficult time”.

Peres reiterated again and again throughout the conversations that security forces are combing the area and doing their utmost to find the boys and bring them home.

In thanking Peres for his call, each set of parents said that they felt the affection and concern of the nation.

Special psalms for the return of the missing boys were recited in synagogues across the country.

Although the names of the boys and the settlements on which they live were not released till the late afternoon on Saturday, rabbis already knew well in advance, and when calling on congregants to join in prayers for the boys’ safety recited their names and the names of their mothers.

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