Mother of kidnapped Israeli teen urges world: Help us bring back my son - The mother of one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers granted a television interview to CNN over the weekend to drum up international attention for her plight in hopes that it would expedite the return of her son. â€œEverybody’s working under the assumption that they are alive,â€ Rachel Frankel, the mother of Naftali Frankel, told Ben Wedeman of CNN. â€œBeyond that we don’t know much.â€ The kidnappings of Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaâ€™er, 16, took place while they were hitchhiking in Area C of the West Bank, which is under exclusive Israeli control. When asked whether it was Naftali Frankel who made the emergency call to police as the kidnapping was taking place, she replied: We do know there was a phone call from the car during the kidnapping. It was a courageous act.