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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 PAGE 15A JFGO holds annual meeting The Bercovici Family Jeannie Leavitt and Jeremy Udell Olga Yorish, Ina Porth, Michael Soll Olga Yorish, Jeremy Udell, Michael Soll Michael Soll, Eli Bercovici, and David Wayne Gas mask source, who asked to remain and could turn the tide of anonymous. "There isn't a battle decisively against him, From page 1A freakishly high concern. Ev- they say. erybody is relatively calm. If But Meir Elran, director an official state news agency it was clear that there could of the Homeland Security that "the Zionist regime will be a chance that something Program at Tel Aviv Univer- bethefirstvictimofamilitary would happen, we'd see the sity's Institute for National attack on Syria." consequences of that in terms Security Studies, says he no The Israel Defense Forces of Home Front Command longerbelievesAssadisacting called up nearly 1,000 reserv- instructions to the public." rationally. Israelis flocking to a southern Tel Aviv post office to receive free being played out throughout Israel amid fears of an attack by Syria. Ben Sales gas masks-- a scene ists this week. Following his Daila Amos, a spokesper- "I wouldn't attack Israel," third security consultation in son for the Golan Regional Elransaid."ButIalsowouldn't as many days--a rare occur- Council, said life is continu- usechemicalweaponsagainst rence--IsraeliPrimeMinister ing normally on the Golan my own people." Benjamin Netanyahu sought Heights, where stray shells The timing of a U.S. strike to reassure Israelis. from the fighting across the also remains unclear.There is "There is no reason to Syrian border have fallen sev- some question over whether change daily routines," Netan- eral times in the pastyearand Assad himself ordered the yahu said Wednesday. "At the where residents are used to a attack and United Nations same time, we are prepared heightened troop presence, inspectors are still collecting for any scenario. The IDF is "Unfortunately, during evidence from the site. They ready to defend against any this last year the idea that are expected to report to the threatandtorespondstrongly something could happen has U.N. secretary-general over against any attempt to harm been on our minds," Amos the weekend. Israeli citizens." told JTA. "We hear the bombs Still, Israelis aren't taking Still, the IDF is urging almosteveryday.Tothinkthat any chances. calm and says the chances a number of meters from us Hila Kostinsky, who re- of a Syrian attack are low. these terrible things are hap- turned to Israel two weeks An IDF source told JTA that pening is not easy." ago after 12 years in the the Home Front Command Several Israeli analysts say United States, said she felt a has not issued any special that Assad will likely refrain responsibilitytogetgasmasks instructions to civilians and from attacking Israel even in for her two children. that "what you're seeing now the case ofaU.S, strike. Bomb- "We're still trying to protect isaresponsefromthepublic." ing Israel would draw the them,"shesaid."It'swhatyou "Right now there isn't IDF into the Syrian civil war, expect when you move back any sense of panic," said the which would weaken Assad to Israel." Brook ness and performance despite Israel, and will always corn- From page 5A fear and anxiety and loses of memorate a renewed corn- throughout the war replen- friends. Thiswar changed my mitment to preventing Israel ishing tanks with fuel and definition of courage. It isthe from ever experiencing such ammunition under enemy performingone'sdutydespite aperilin the future. fire. I watched them as they one's fear. Dr. Itzhak Brook retired overcame the many difficul- For Jews who have livedfrom the U.S. Navy in 2006, ties and performed their mis- through theYom KippurWar, after 27 years of service. He sion, despite constantdanger, the holiest of the High Holy is a professor of Pediatrics at as they heroically conquered days will never be the same. Georgetown University and theirfearsandanxieties.Many For us, it stands not only as a theauthorofthebook:"Inthe of them paid the ultimate day of atonement but as day Sands of Sinai- A Physician's price doingthat. I hadto cope of gratitude to God for the Account of the Yom Kippur with my soldiers' war injuries miracle of survival. It is also War." The book can be read andbattlestrain.Itwasadaily atimeforrememberingthose and/or obtained at: http:// struggleforsurvivalinthewar who paid the ultimate price yomkippurwarphysiciansac- zone requiring resourceful- for preservingand protecting Excellence in Real Estate Call Jeffrey at 407-719-0135 Call Barbara at 407-222-6059 One Team. Twice the Knowledge, Service and Experience Serving the Central Florida Jewish Community for more than 12 years li~m*