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ISRAEL Study Tour 2014 started out just like the 41 previous ISTs — 71 excited rising high school seniors embarking on an eye-opening, inspirational adventure.
However, as soon as they arrived in Israel in mid-June, they realized that this year’s trip would be unlike those in previous years.
The Colorado teens’ arrival in Israel was punctuated by the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenage boys by Hamas.
The teens were ultimately found murdered, while Israel was pelted by Hamas rockets from Gaza.
Israel responded to the rocket fire from the air and then launched a ground invasion into Gaza — Operation Protective Edge — to wipe out the sources of the rockets and to destroy the elaborate network of terror tunnels that it discovered in Gaza reaching all the way into Israel.