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DE­SPITE the huge mil­i­tary search oper­a­tion, it was civil­ian vol­un­teers who made the fi­nal break­through and found the teenagers’ bod­ies.

Ho­vav Lan­dau, a kib­butznik from north­ern Is­rael, went out with four other vol­un­teers and soldiers on Mon­day and spotted a bush that looked as if it had been moved. The give-away, Mr Lan­dau said, was that the colour of the leaves in­di­cated that the bush had been tam­pered with — and in­deed the bod­ies were there. They quickly called in a foren­sics team.

“On the one hand it was very sad and your heart is break­ing, but on the other hand you feel a bit re­lieved that this un­cer­tainty of the fam­i­lies is over and their suf­fer­ing may be a lit­tle bit less be­cause they know with cer­tainty that they will get the bod­ies,” he said.

Mr Lan­dau, whose job is set­ting up bi­cy­cle trails, said that his group’s strat­egy was “sim­ple. We didn’t rely on army and Shin Bet in­tel­li­gence — we took a blank piece of paper and started think­ing in terms of ge­og­ra­phy and to­pog­ra­phy where we would go if we were the ter­ror­ists.”

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