If they were ever curious what Israeli life was like, Hawaiians found out over 38 terrifying minutes on Saturday. Due to human error, a ballistic missile warning was broadcast throughout the Islands. As far as anyone out there, this was the real deal. After all the North Korean threats, it seemed like the little dictator had pushed his little button. Thankfully, it was a false alarm. In Israel, they are never false and they happen all the time. The investigation of this error will now be handled by the Federal Communications Commission. It falls within their jurisdiction.
As Written and Reported By Aaron Klein for Breitbart:
TEL AVIV — For thirty-eight terrifying minutes on Saturday, Hawaii residents unfortunately experienced a sampling of life in Israel during recent wars here when Hawaiians received a mistaken emergency alert notification warning of a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii.”
Gov. David Ige said the false alarm was a human error caused when the wrong button was pushed during a shift change at the state emergency management agency. The warning was issued amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, and some in Hawaii may have feared an incoming nuclear attack. The mistake was reportedly corrected 38 minutes later by a second message confirming the false alarm.
The error is unacceptable and warrants the “full investigation” promised by the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
While Israelis have not contended with nuclear missile attacks, the entire country lives under rocket threat and has experienced sustained rocket attacks punctuated by alerts that leave only seconds to find shelter.
The scenes that unfolded in Hawaii, with people reportedly left “crying and screaming,” could have taken place in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa or Sderot. At this point, however…..
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