Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
With a frenzied mob swarming into Israel’s embassy in Cairo overnight Friday,
Yonatan Zilpah, the head of the security detail, took cover with five colleagues
in a fortified inner room, with one metal door separating them from the furious
Yonatan was on the phone with the Foreign Ministry’s situation
room in Jerusalem, where the prime minister, foreign minister, defense minister,
Mossad head and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director were following the
developments in real time.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday
night described the conversation Zilpah had with the situation room.
and his friends, six in all, were locked inside the embassy.
attackers entered the building, the office, and one door separated them from
Yonatan and his friends. He sounded cool, reasoned, but he also understood well
the situation he and his friends were facing,” Netanyahu said.
conversation with the situation room, he said that ‘if something happens to me,
I ask that you tell my parents about it faceto- face, and not in a telephone
call.’ “I said, Yonatan, stay strong, I promise you that Israel will do
everything, and will activate all the possible forces in the world to ensure
that you and your friends will return home to Israel.
“Thank God, he and
his friends returned to Israel. I spoke with him and his mother a few hours ago
and they sounded excellent.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the
six security guards received directives to do what they needed to do to protect
themselves. Everyone watching the situation play itself out understood that all
that separated the Israeli guards from the mob was 20 minutes and one door, he
“Their cool [manner] and discretion were truly heroic,” Lieberman