Malaysia Flight 370 disappeared nearly two weeks ago. While suppositions — mechanical failure, rogue pilots, hijacking, terrorism — run rampant, only Israel has put itself on high alert. Why?
Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, was interviewed last Tuesday evening by CNN guest host Bill Weir about Israel’s decision. Oren, in his calm, implacable way, said:
“Israel’s a tiny country. It’s situated along the coast. A jet that’s been hijacked flying at 600 miles an hour will take about a minute and a half to cross the entire country. So Israel has close to zero margin for error in countering and protecting itself against a hijacked airplane.”
Then Oren added, “If this Malaysian jet has been hijacked, and there’s a sense among Israeli intelligence officials that that is a possibility, then Israel feels that it has to take the necessary precautions.”
Is it possible Israel knows a thing or two about hijacking and terrorism? You bet. Is it conceivable that Israel knows something about Flight 370 that we don’t? Absolutely. Is Israel overreacting? Perhaps.
Jews and non-Jews flying El Al are routinely questioned and interrogated. Nothing is assumed. Everyone is potentially suspect. We’re not complaining — just the opposite. Faced with a safe landing or disappearing inside a mystery, which would you choose? We prefer kissing the ground, in gratitude.
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