Moshe In My Mailbox

I wonder if  Ban Ki-Moon received one too.

A photo shows a cover of a new emergency pamphlet being distributed by Israeli Army’s Home front Command, August 27 2012

(Reuters) – The Israeli muppet on the cover of a new, emergency pamphlet being distributed nationwide puts a happy face on some grim warnings in a country preparing for possible war with Iran.

Israelis, the military-issued booklet says, would have only between 30 seconds and three minutes to find cover and hunker down between the time air raid sirens sound and rockets slam into their area.

The 15-page pamphlet has started to appear in mailboxes across the country, and instructs Israelis how to prepare a safe room or shelter for emergency situations.

On the cover a smiling Moishe Oofnik, the Israeli muppet version of Oscar the Grouch – the resident pessimist of the U.S. children’s show Sesame Street – sticks out of the trash can he calls home.

He strikes a more pensive pose inside the booklet, resting his head on his hand under instructions on what to do when sirens wail.

Stepped-up rhetoric by Israeli officials in recent weeks has suggested Israel might soon attack an Iranian nuclear program its sees as an existential threat, raising international concern about regional conflict.

Israeli ministers have said up to 500 civilians could die in any war following a strike on Iran.

An Israeli military source said on Monday the emergency pamphlet was part of a regular, public awareness campaign and noted it also included advice on how to act in the event of an earthquake. Read more.

Aussie Dave adds: I don’t think Moshe Offnik is helping matters.



My name is Gaia and I live in a gorgeous desert between sand, rocks, hills, and dunes, in southern Israel. I'm here to share stories of interest, my views and personal experiences with you all.