Jewish Agency Chairman visits families

June 18, 2014 by  
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Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky and Avital Sharansky today (Monday, June 16) visited the families of 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah and 16-year-old Gil-Ad Shaer, two of the three Israeli teens kidnapped by terrorists on Thursday evening and currently held.

 Natan and Avital Sharansky meet with Iris and Uri Yifrah, parents of kidnapped 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah, at their home in Elad, Israel. Photos by Daniel Greenberg.

Natan and Avital Sharansky meet with Iris and Uri Yifrah, parents of kidnapped 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah, at their home in Elad, Israel. Photos by Daniel Greenberg.

Meeting with Iris and Uri Yifrah and Bat-Galim and Ofir Shaer at their homes, Natan and Avital shared their experiences fromNatan’s nine years in Soviet captivity and told the parents about the countless expressions of love and solidarity conveyed by Jewish Agency representatives on behalf of Jews around the world.

Natan Sharansky said: “When I was in prison, in full isolation, I felt strong because I knew that world Jewry was standing strong with me. I am certain that Eyal, Gil-Ad, and Naftali are feeling the same powerful support of world Jewry today. In recent days, I have heard from our shlichim(Jewish Agency representatives) about the solidarity rallies, prayer sessions, study evenings, and online campaigns taking place in Jewish communities around the world. World Jewry is coming together to support you and your sons at this difficult time.”

Both Iris and Uri Yifrah and Bat-Galim and Ofir Shaer told Natan and Avital Sharansky that they feel the support and solidarity of the Jewish people very strongly and that it is a privilege to see that the families and their terrible predicament have served as a rallying point around which the Jewish people has come together.

The Jewish Agency is funded by the United Israel Appeal

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