A group of mayors from cities around the world presented Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with a letter on Wednesday afternoon condemning the abduction of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frankel and calling for their immediate release.
The mayors, who are attending the 29th Israel International Mayors Conference in Yerushalayim, said in the letter that “We were all saddened and deeply disappointed to learn of the boys’ abduction. … It is our firm belief that at no time and under no circumstance should children become the victims of such an inhumane and unjust way of action.
“As adults, we have a moral responsibility to protect all children and ensure their safety and security.
“With that in mind, we call on all involved to immediately release, without conditions and safely return the three boys.”
The conference is sponsored by the Foreign Ministry, the union of Local Authorities and the American Council for World Jewry. Among the participants this year are the mayors of Berlin, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo, Marseilles, Nice, Vilnius, Nicosia, Panama, Kinshasa, Luanda and Entebbe, as well as high ranking representatives from Beijing, Moscow, Frankfurt and Marseille.