August 29, 2013
By Shira Sorko-Ram
The stoic Israelis yesterday turned into panicked crowds as hundreds and perhaps thousands rushed to the centers to get their gas masks. Hundreds of thousands will not be able to receive one because the government has just about run out. Factories are furiously making new ones, but some two million Israelis don’t yet have them.
Government spokesmen assure Israelis that the chance of a Syrian attack on Israel is unlikely. But Israelis are not at all sure since only an erratic monster would gas his own people. If Assad would do that, Israelis reason, we simply can’t be sure what this madman will do.
The Home Security Office began giving instructions on their website today. You can see for yourself at www.oref.org.il. When you log in, look at the top right and you will see the word “English.” Go to “Information” and then to “Map of Early Warning Alerts.” The colorful map shows citizens how long they have to get to a shelter if they hear sirens.
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are in the dark mustard color. So we have 1½ minutes to get to a shelter. Those in the red area (closest to Syria) have literally no time to get to shelters. The instructions simply say: Enter a shelter immediately.
The numbers you see on the legend: 1, 1.5, 2 and 3 mean you have that long to get to a shelter, depending in what area you live. The numbers 15, 30, 45 and 60 are the number of seconds a person has to enter a shelter.
If you wish, you can read the information about all kinds of lethal gases that President Assad has in his stockpiles – and other information the government wants Israelis to understand.
We know there will be no American and allies attack as long as the U.N. inspectors are in Syria trying to figure out if gas was used in Syria. The UN has announced they will be leaving Syria Saturday morning.
Russia, furious that the West is going to attack his ally Syria, is in the process of moving Russian citizens out of Syria, but moving their war ships closer to Syria.
Israel has called up a limited number of soldiers – just to be ready.
Now we are simply waiting for the Coalition of the Willing to converge, and for President Obama to decide when he is going for it.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated, as this is a moment of possibly great danger for Israel.