At the start of the Security Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“"With heavy grief, this evening we found three bodies. All signs indicate that they are the bodies of our three abducted youths - Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Frankel.
They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals. On behalf of the entire Jewish people, I would like to tell the dear families - the mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and brothers and sisters - we are deeply saddened, the entire nation weeps with you. We will give the boys a proper burial”.
President Shimon Peres released the following statement:
"All of Israel bows it's head today. For 18 days we hoped and prayed with one voice that we would find the boys safe and well. With this bitter news all of Israel mourns their deaths. Along with our deep sense of loss we remain committed to bringing the terrorists to justice. Our resolve in the fight against terror will only strengthen and we will ensure that murderous terrorism of this sort will not dare to rear its head again.
At this difficult time my thoughts and prayers are with the family. They educated their children with dedication and embedded within them a love of their country."