Mother of missing Israeli teen waits at home and prays

By William Booth, June 22, 2014

NOF AYALON, Israel — Racheli Fraenkel apologized. She said she didn’t like bragging about her son. Her sister said, sure, you can brag a little bit.

The sisters were sitting in a neighbor’s back yard Saturday, 10 days after Fraenkel’s 16-year-old son went missing while hitchhiking home from his religious high school in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Naftali Fraenkel’s abduction has dominated the news here. It has sparked the largest, most aggressive military sweep and manhunt in the Palestinian territory in a decade.

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