The IDF's working assumption that the three kidnapped teenagers are alive is not based on blind faith, a source close to the families stated, but on actual intelligence indicating the boys indeed are still alive despite being held by Hamas terrorists for over a week.
"All the indications we have been getting are based on information, not on faith, that these boys are alive," Yishai Frenkel, uncle of Naftali Frenkel, stated to Radio Israel Friday.
Frenkel stressed that, despite the IDF's carefully crafted media campaign proving the vastness of Operation Brothers' Keeper, the IDF has even more intel on the teens - much of which has not been leaked to the press.
"It is important to say, in defense of the different defense agencies, that the [IDF] has had representatives available in each of the families' homes almost 24/7," he said. "They are updating constantly, and the immediate family may know far more than what is being published in the media."
"Of course, I cannot say a word about [what I know]," he added.
Eight days have passed since Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19) were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on their way home from school.
The investigation has sparked a large-scale crackdown on Hamas as the IDF searches for the teens, who IDF officials recently said are probably being held hostage in the Hevron area.