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N Editorials ................................ 4A Op-Ed ..................................... 5A Calendar ................................. 6A Synagogue Directory ............... 7A B'nai Mitzvah .......................... 8A Scene Around ......................... 9A and Joanne Fink, CRJ members, read By and Israel Hayom The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched "Operation Protective Edge" in Gazaafter at least 80 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel on Monday night. Above Netivot and Ash- dod, the Iron Dome missile defense system shot down 12 rockets. InAshdod, residents fled for shelter as rocket sirens sounded throughout the city, and eight people were injured. Beersheba Israel's largest southern city--and Ofakim were also subjected to Gaza rocket fire, with most of those rockets either striking open fields or being interceptedby the Iron Dome. Early warning sirens went off in Jerusalem and Belt Shem- esh, but they were apparently false alarms. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared a state of emergency in communities within 25 miles of the Gaza border. On Tuesday, Israel approved the call-up of 40,000 reserve soldiers after the IDF David Buimovitch/Flash90 The Iron Dome missile de- fense system battery launch- es an intercepting missile near the Gaza border in southern Israel on Tuesday, the first day of the Israeli army's Operation Protective Edge. had already summoned 1,500 reserves. Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu said Hamas "chose to escalate and they will pay dearly for it."~ "We must be prepared to go all the way, and a ground IDF on page 15A ',D By Ben Sales MODIIN, Israel (JTA)-- They were their mothers' sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the Jewish people in heaven. The joint funeral Tuesday of .-2- ---- D -- Q Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach provided a capstone to a harrowing or- deal that over 18 days united Israelis in hope and prayer. When the teens were found dead Monday night, their bod- ies lying half exposed in a field near Hebron, the national outpouring became one of grief and despair. It is simultaneously a na- tional tragedy for Israel and a personal one for the boys' families. And at the funeral and the memorials preceding it, the national and personal melded together. The country shared in the families' tragedy. The families became national heroes. "We prayed, each of us alone and all of us together, for a miracle," said Israeli President Shimon Peres in his eulogy. "We prayed that we would see them return in peace to the families, to their homes and to us all. Sadly we were hit by the tragedy of their murder and a deep grief enveloped our people." When news of the boys' death hit Monday night, Is- raelis looked lost, unsure how to proceed after more than two apprehensive weeks since the teens were kidnapped on 9 Flash 90 The mother ofNaftali Frenkel, Rachel Frenkel, crying over the body of her son, during the joint funeral for three mur- dered Jewish teens in the Modiin cemetery, on July 1, 2014. June 12 while hitchhiking in synagogue in the rural central the West Bank settlement of Israeli town of Shaalvim, a Kfar Etzion. crowd of hundreds milled in AtTelAviv'sRabinSquare-- an open field. Five boys sat the site just a day before of on the ground reading from a packed, loud concert in prayer books. Some people solidarity with the boys' fam- spoke in hushed tones. Most ilies--a much more subdued stayed silent, exhausted from vigil coalesced. A few men the heat, beaten by the trag- sat on the floor with guitars edy. They were the neighbors, singing as several others lit the friends, the family of candles that spelled out the Naftali Frenkel. boys' names. Soon the crowd Shaalvim resident Debbie swelled to hundreds, all sing- Schuval noted the emotions ing songs of mourning and and hope that had been in- comfort. The next day, outside the Funeral on page 15A By Sean Savage Emerging from the chaos of the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) terror- ist group has gained the world's attention for its brutal medieval-style Islamic justice and its swift victories in Iraq, threatening to overrun the weak U.S.-backed government there. But now ISIS is also setting its sights on Jordan, threatening to drag Israel into the global jihadist conflict. "They are avicious and bru- tal group, and have even done some things that al-Qaeda thought were unwise," Elliot Abrams, who served as deputy national security advisor for former President George W. Bush and is currently a senior fellow at the Council on For- eign Relations, told "More people, more money, and more guns. They do con- stitute a real threat," Abrams said. The goals of ISIS are clear from its name. Alternatively translated as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham--the Arabic name for the Levant region--or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the group seeks to control the entire region, which in addi- tion to Iraq and Syria includes Jordan, Lebanon, and even Israel and the Palestinian territories. ISIS has origins in the various different al-Qaeda- affiliated Sunni jihadists groups that have been active in the region for most of the past decade, including the infamous al-Qaeda in Iraq, led by former Jordanian- born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006 during the Iraq War. As the Syrian civil war has dragged on since 2011, ISIS and other al-Qaeda- influenced jihadist have been able to bolster themselves through ransom, extortion, and oil revenue, while simul- taneously attracting fighters from across the world. Amid its swift victories in large swaths of Iraq, ISIS has also set its sights on nearby Jordan, which is ruled by the moderate pro-Western King Abdullah. ISIS terrorists consider Abdullah an enemy of Islam and an infidel, and have publicly called for his execution. A recent video posted by ISIS threatened to "slaughter" the king and called him a "tyrant." "It is in the West's and Israel's best interest to put a stop to ISIS's advancement," Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ISIS on page 15A Nll!!l!l!~l!!!!l!lllll