When the nation is faced with a life or death crisis, hostilities between different groups, demonstrations and strike actions are set aside because the nature of the crisis overrides everything else.

The kidnapping of three yeshiva students last Thursday night is that kind of crisis situation, as a result of which sanctions imposed by the Histadrut, the Federation of Israeli Journalists, and the various unions within the Israel Broadcasting Authority, have jointly agreed to suspend all sanctions while the urgency of the mystery of their whereabouts and the identities of their kidnappers remain unresolved.

The planned sanctions were in response to a government decision initiated by Communications Minister Gilad Erdan and Finance Minister Yair Lapid to close down the IBA and create a new, streamlined entity in its place.

Over the weekend IBA radio and television reporters, editors, and technicians pulled out all the stops to present as broad and in-depth a picture as possible of what is being done to find the missing boys, as well as the way in which the nation has closed ranks to offer up prayers for their safe return.

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