Israel Enters Nightmare Scenario
September 15, 2011
We knew this was coming, but it’s still breathtaking to watch.
Last Friday evening, thousands of Egyptian demonstrators descended on Israel’s embassy in Cairo, terrifying the 80 people inside. Sometime after midnight, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, his family and most of the embassy personnel were forced to evacuate to Cairo’s airport, where they were whisked away by Israeli military jets. Six Israeli intelligence officers remained, charged with the unenviable task of protecting the embassy.
Fearing for their lives, the officers barricaded themselves in the embassy strong room. The mob outside had demolished the 8-foot concrete wall that surrounded the compound and were walking around embassy facilities, tossing papers out the windows and burning the Israeli flag. Locked inside the strong room, the officers listened as the hammers beat down the doors that separated them from certain death. When the mob began beating the last door, three of the officers stood and aimed their weapons toward the door. Meanwhile, the commanding officer was on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He asked for backup, and that his prime minister would deliver the news of his capture or death to his wife and children in person, rather than over the phone.
Miraculously, the officers were rescued.