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A yeshiva student from New Jersey is missing in Israel


Israeli police say they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who went missing during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.   23-year-old yeshiva student Aaron Sofer of Lakewood has been missing since Friday when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest.  Israeli police spokesman Miki Rosenfeld said Tuesday police have launched an extensive search for Sofer, who is an ultra-Orthodox student at a yeshiva - a Jewish religious school.  Rosenfeld says police are pursuing all avenues in their investigation, including "nationalistic motives," a phrase related to the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants.  Earlier, New Jersey politicians called for more help from both the U.S. and Israeli governments in the search for Sofer.

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