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Mother of slain Israeli teen meets Kerry

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Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of slain teen Naftali Fraenkel, told Kerry that Israeli parents just want to live without the threat of missiles. (Source: CBS) Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of slain teen Naftali Fraenkel, told Kerry that Israeli parents just want to live without the threat of missiles. (Source: CBS)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (CBS) - Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel who was one of three teens killed prior to the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, met with Secretary of State John Kerry in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Her son also was a U.S. citizen, as is Rachel.

"All we want to do is raise our children without threats of missiles, chemicals in our communities, threats to our kindergartens. Maybe we can teach our children that we want to live in peace. That was very important for me to say to Secretary Kerry," Fraenkel told reporters traveling with Kerry.

She said she spoke with Kerry for a few minutes and described her son to the American diplomat.

"As an American it was very meaningful for me to speak to him," she said. "He asked about Naftali, my son, and I described the brilliant student, musical, fun-loving kid we lost at 16. He was asking if there is anything we can do. I am sure they are doing a lot. I just want to turn to Palestinian parents and say maybe you can stop Hamas from using you as human shields and your death as propaganda. Your children and our children, nobody should really go through what we're going through now."

The deaths of the teens followed by the killing of a Palestinian boy helped trigger the current war between Hamas and Israel. 

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