Only 15 Seconds for Israelis to Find Shelter

November 20, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


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Fifteen seconds.

Imagine you had fifteen seconds to find shelter from an incoming missile.

Fifteen seconds to locate your children or help an elderly relative.

That’s all the residents of many Israeli communities have had this year.

Day or night, the sirens have gone off.  Fifteen seconds later, the missiles, fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza, hit.

They could hit a home, a school, a hospital.

Their aim: to kill, wound, demoralize.

Imagine yourself in that situation.

The sirens blast.

15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  The time to seek shelter has ended.  The missiles hit.

This is what those Israelis have experienced.  But amazingly, they refuse to be cowed.  They are true profiles in courage.

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This is David Harris of AJC.