Israel’s president-elect Reuven Rivlin on Monday visited the religious seminary where two of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers studied, and he met with their fellow students.

One of the students of the Mekor Haim Yeshiva in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc questioned Rivlin about the security situation and the potential dangers of hitchhiking.

“Why do we need to be afraid to hitch a ride in our country?” the student asked, according to the Ynet news site.

“We don’t need to be fearful in our country,” Rivlin replied. “But sometimes we must face trials.”

“A person should not fear to go anywhere in this country, whether it is under our control, or those areas that we have returned to in order to redeem them,” he added, referring to the settlements in the West Bank that lie beyond Israel’s internationally recognized borders.

Sixteen-year-old Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gil-ad Shaar, 16, who were abducted Thursday night, were last seen at a hitchhiking post south of Jerusalem.

Aron Donzis contributed to this report.