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Israel’s Version of Oscar the Grouch, the Face of War Preparation

“Moishe Oofnick” Smiles on Cover of Emergency Instructional Pamphlet
By: David Shear
Published: August 28th, 2012 in News » World
Moishe Offnick
A new 15-page military-issued pamphlet began appearing in mailboxes across Israel recently with instructions explaining how to prepare a proper shelter in case an emergency situation, such as when a war with Iran erupts in the Jewish state.

So, with the pamphlet’s text being somewhat frightening and perhaps ominous, the last thing Israelis might expectto see on its cover was one of the Muppets, but that’s exactly what they got.

Israel’s version of Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch – known in Hebrew circles as Moishe Oofnik - greets readers with his smiling face gracing the cover of the pamphlet.

According to the instructions, Israelis would have somewhere between 30 seconds and a few minutes to find adequate shelter in case of an attack, a fact of life the men, women and children of Sderot have been living with for over a decade.

It is has been suggested by Israeli military officials that should a war between Iran and Israel materialize following an attack on Iran, as many as 500 Israeli civilians could be killed.

Israeli civilians who received the pamplhet were also told that it was just one piece of a public awareness campaign initiated to help them deal with any emergencies, including what to do in the case of an earthquake, and even recommends that Israelis get together for a “family talk” with their loved ones, to discuss what they would need to do to prepare for an emergency.

“You should find the proper time to have the conversation—not during mealtime or when you are watching television. It should not be held after a family argument or when you are agitated about some other pressing matter,” read the pamphlet.

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