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Israeli, Palestinian families united in grief over murder of their children

Rachel (front L) and Avi (2nd R) Fraenkel, parents of U.S.-Israeli national Naftali, 16, mourn their son during a memorial service in the Israeli village of Nof Ayalon July 1, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Rachel (front L) and Avi (2nd R) Fraenkel, parents of U.S.-Israeli national Naftali, 16, mourn their son during a memorial service in the Israeli village of Nof Ayalon July 1, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Baz Ratner

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Yishai Frankael's nephew, 16-year old Naftali, was one of the three Israeli teens kidnapped and murdered last month in the West Bank. Yesterday, Frankael made a condolence call to Hussein Abu Khdeir, someone whose pain he understood all too well. Abu Khdeir lost his son Mohammed in an attack that some believe was meant to revenge Naftali's death.
"Mr. Abu Khdeir was very receptive. I think it was very important for him to hear... from us, as Jews, as Israelis, as victims of terror."

Three Israeli suspects confessed today to abducting, burning, and killing Mohammad Abu Khdeir. 

No one has yet been arrested for the murder of Naftali and his friends. 

"There's no difference between blood and blood. The murder of a Jew, the murder of an Arab, both are terrible crimes."

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