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MISSILES, MASKS AND MIRACLES
by Charles Samuel


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  MISSILES, MASKS AND MIRACLES

Missiles Masks And Miracles

Missiles
"A flaming chunk of missile landed in the middle of our apartment, setting everything on fire. I dialed the emergency number and yelled into the phone, 'The missile's in my living room, and it's burning down my house!' I helped my wife into the car. Then I ran back up to the apartment we had lived in for twenty-one years. But the smoke was too thick. I couldn't save anything. Thank God we're still alive."

Masks
"Everything around me was destroyed. The walls had fallen down and the ceiling had collapsed. I didn't even have time to put on my mask when everything came crashing down around me. I live on the ground floor; and above me three stories had collapsed. We were all huddled together me, my wife and our children. The wooden clothes closet fell on my wife. She was screaming hysterically. It was terrible. Afterward it became clear that the closet had fallen at such an angle that it shielded my wife from the heavy rubble of the walls and concrete. She escaped with only five stitches in her forehead. The rest of us were unharmed."

Miracles
"Our house was seriously damaged during the first attack. Luckily, at the time of the explosion, neither of us was at home. We couldn't take the tension, so we decided to visit some friends out of town. We got into our car and headed north. Then, on the way, we heard the siren and then the explosion. The windows of the car blew out, and a piece of missile came in through the tailgate and exited through the right-hand door, flying inches past my wife's head."

 

Living Through The Storm
February 1991 Purim
This book was written in 1991 while Operation Desert Storm was raging in the Persian Gulf.

I started working on this manuscript after the twenty-ninth missile fell somewhere in Israel. By the time the war had ended, a total of thirty-nine missiles had crashed down around us. The stories are true, but
the names and places have been changed or altered. This was done originally for two reasons: to protect the surviving families from the onslaught of curiosity seekers and interviewers, and to conceal information from the Iraqis about the exact location and damage done by specific missile attacks. I hope they have fired their last missile, but one never knows. In the course of interviewing government officials and rescue personnel, I discovered stories that showed how closely Israel came to suffering major disasters. Due to security restrictions, these stories cannot be told at this time.
 

The material for this book was drawn from eyewitness accounts and reports in the Israeli Hebrew and English press, radio and television. This book would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts made by countless reporters and photographers in the early days of the war. Because many of the stories that were circulating throughout the country were so incredible, I decided to limit the accounts in this book
to those that could be confirmed by at least one additional newspaper account or by interviews with firsthand witnesses.
 

In the case of accounts originally told in Hebrew, I adopted a free translation instead of a literal one in order to make the accounts more readable to an English-speaking audience. I made every effort to avoid
embellishing these stories: they speak for themselves.
 

I would like to express my gratitude to the various Israeli government ministries for providing valuable information. Special thanks are due to the Israel Government Press Office and its staff. And an understated thank you goes to the American and Israeli soldiers who manned the Patriot batteries and to the United States led forces who had the courage to confront evil and help make my home a safer place to
live.
 

The following people should also be singled out for their assistance on this project: Rabbi Noah Weinberg, Dean of Aish HaTorah, for his encouragement, enthusiasm and support for this project. Mordechai Haller for his research. R. Shmuel Silinsky for his research of the Biblical passages. Mrs. Carol Topf for her research and translation. Menachem Gottlieb and Robbie Berman for their original interviews. Mrs. Yonina Hall for her editing assistance. R. Chaim Dubin for his computer expertise. Ben Tripp for his help with the photographs. Ken Spiro for his advice. Henoch Kosberg for his assistance. Sharon Friedman for her
encouragement and best efforts. Shimon Apisdorf and his team at Leviathan Press for believing in this project. My sister Carolynne for her help and advice. My parents and my father-in-law who have since passed away, and my mother-in-law who probably suffered more during
the missile attacks than we did. And my children for always being a source of joy and blessing
 

My wife Chana is the true hero of the war in our family and deserves the credit for this book becoming a reality as quickly as it did. She created a warm, loving environment in our home despite the stress of missile
attacks-let alone the stress of dealing with a husband writing a book. She is my constant companion and best editor and critic.
 

Finally, I would like to thank the One whose invisible hand protected me, my family and all the others mentioned (or not mentioned) within these pages. May He soon bring peace to Israel and all nations.


Charles Samuel
Jerusalem


 

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