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Friday, August 08, 2003

Two Americans still missing in Israel

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. has offered to help Israelis authorities search for two teenagers with American citizenship who disappeared last week in separate cases in northern Israel, the U.S. Embassy said on Thursday.

Media reports said the FBI is already involved.

Dana Bennet, 18, who holds dual American and Israeli citizenship, disappeared on her way home from working the late-shift at a Tiberias restaurant early last Friday morning.

Two days later, on Sunday, American citizen Eliezer Zusia Klockhoft, 19, also disappeared.

Klockhoft, who is studying at a Jewish religious school here, was visiting the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai with fellow students near the northern Israeli town of Safed. His friends went hiking and when they returned, Klockhoft could not be found.

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv said it had offered to help in the search for the two missing Americans.

"We're in close touch with the Israeli authorities regarding the cases of missing Americans and have offered any assistance that may be needed," the American Embassy in Tel Aviv said. "We're also staying in close touch with the families."

The Jerusalem Post reported that Bennet, who underwent head surgery recently, is at a high risk if she does not receive her medication as soon as possible. Over 300 civilian volunteers and 80 police personnel are involved in the search.