"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that our worst fears have been realized," said ADL chief Abe Foxman in a statement.
"In the 18 days since these boys were abducted, Israel and its supporters around the world came together to pray for their safe return. Unfortunately, Eyal, Gilad and Naftali will not be returning home to their families or to their studies.
"We extend our sincerest condolences to the Yifrach, Shaar and Fraenkel families. We take this opportunity to affirm our solidarity with the State of Israel at this difficult time and to condemn all those who engage in and support terrorism. We reiterate our support for Israel’s right to self-defense." (Ynetnews)