Parents of Slain Israeli Teens: Army's Killing of Presumed Murderers Brings Some Relief

'We've been waiting for this moment,' says mother of Eyal Yifrah, one of three boys kidnapped, murdered in June.


The IDF's killing Tuesday of the two Palestinians suspected of kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teenagers brought an acknowledged sense of relief to the slain boys' parents.

"There is a kind of relief that these two people, who were walking around with a lot of weapons and nothing to lose, won't be able to harm any more innocent victims," Rachelle Fraenkel told Israel's Channel 2 news.

Her son Naftali, 16, was kidnapped on June 12 along with Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19, while hitchhiking in the West Bank. They were shot to death that same night. On June 30, Israeli searchers found their bodies hidden under rocks in the West Bank.

The two suspects in the triple murder, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha, were killed in firefight with Israeli forces in Hebron early on Tuesday. The Shin Bet said that the two suspects, both members of a maverick Hamas network based in Hebron, were hiding in a house in the West Bank city.

"Justice will prevail, and their day of judgment arrived," said Uri Yifrah, father of Eyal.

Eyal's mother, Iris, said, "We've been waiting for the moment when we would learn that the score has been settled with the murderers of our son."

Bat Galim Shaar said, "I think this definitely eases the pain in a small way."
Fraenkel added, "We've been spared the issue of freeing murderers in future prisoner exchanges, so I feel no sorrow over this."