”We pray for peace all the time, but there is no doubt we must hunt those enemies who are trying to harm us,” Knesset Member Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) said during Tuesday evening`s plenary session, which ended early so legislators would be able to attend the funeral of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered last month.

MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) said, ”We are not speaking in a terms of `left` or `right,` but in the language of a strong and united nation,” while MK Ronen Hoffman (Yesh Atid) said: ”Sometimes it seems that the phrase `national unity` is more cliché than reality, but this moment proves there is something beyond all the disputes.”

During the plenary sitting, which centered entirely on the murder of the teenagers, MK Uri Maklev of United Torah Judaism wondered ”why does it take such incidents to bring us to this kind of unity?” and Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) said ”every home in Israel is feeling the pain of this intolerable and cruel moment. From here I salute the teenagers` families; you have taught us all a lesson in nobility, and you`ve united [the entire nation].”

Mk Dov Khenin (Hadash) said: ”There is no greater pain than the pain of parents whose children have been murdered. I ask myself whether we and our neighbors will find the strength and wisdom to break this terrible cycle of death, occupation and violence.”

MK Yoav Ben-Tzur of Shas mentioned that his cousin was murdered while making his way to a wellspring to purify himself, ”so I am familiar with the emotions at this moment – a desire for revenge; but we must display strength rather than harsh rhetoric.”

MK Robert Ilatov (Likud-Yisrael Beitenu) said: ”The terrorists raise families and decide one day to murder people only because they are Jewish, and the next day people in this house justify these acts and call on the terrorists to continue kidnapping civilians. We, as a public, cannot let this pass. It cannot be that people who incite to terror and murder are walking around freely here. We must put an end to this.”

MK Nachman Shai (Labor) also praised the victims` families, saying they displayed patience and tolerance and gave the government and army ”enough room” to operate. ”I thank these families, because we all know it could have played out differently.”

MK Penina Tamanu-Shata said ”the world should know that this is the murderous face of Hamas and every other terror organization which disseminates incitement and murder of innocent children. We must make certain that this incident does not repeat itself.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein concluded the session by saying that ”the families` influence is evident in today`s debate. I believe that had they been asked, they would say that the legacy is the continuation of the unity, not just in times of crisis, and this is a very important message.”

Speaker Edelstein said he has received many letters from parliament heads and heads of international organizations who strongly condemned the murder of the teenagers and ”expressed sympathy, through us, for the people of Israel.”