Hawaii (Almost) Becomes Southern Israel For a Day

Earlier today, residents of Hawaii received an emergency alert notification claiming a “ballistic missile threat” was “inbound to Hawaii.” Thankfully, it turned out to be a false alarm.

An incoming missile alert plunged residents of Hawaii into panic on Saturday morning before it was declared to be false.

Mobile phone users received a message saying: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”

State Governor David Ige apologised to Hawaiians, saying an employee had pressed the wrong button.

The US government announced there would be a full investigation.

A sense of the panic, terror and horror felt by residents can be gleaned from tweets like the following:


This is what residents of southern Israeli communities like Sderot experience on a regular basis. Except the alerts are soon followed by real rockets causing real damage, and no-one outside of Israel seems to bat an eyelid.



David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media