Operation Brothers Return continues today, Sunday, 2 Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5774. While efforts to arrest wanted terrorists have been decreased, the search for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach continues. IDF officials’ report that 25 arrests were made during the night of motzei Shabbos, explaining at present the search is concentrated in the area northwest of PA (Palestinian Authority) occupied areas of Hebron. Some 14,000 IDF combat soldiers are involved in the operation; perhaps serving as an indicator the borders are relatively quiet at this time, permitting the shift of this sizable manpower to the operation. Over 2,000 PA homes have been checked by soldiers since the operation began and 413 PA residents have been arrested.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has announced that “patience will be required”, promising the nation that the operation will continue until the three students are located.
An atzeres is scheduled for Sunday night in Kikar Rabin in Tel Aviv. Organizers announce the event is apolitical; highlighting it is for the purpose of giving a chizuk to the parents of the captive youths. The mothers of the captives are expected to address the tzibur at the event. The event is labeled “Singing Together to Bring the Boys Home” and prominent entertainers will be performing.
Names for Tehillim:
1. Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah
2. Gilad Michael ben Bat Galim
3. Eyal ben Iris Teshurah
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)