Netanyahu Thanks Yonatan, Embassy Guard Who Prevented Tragedy
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in his bureau Saturday night with Yonatan, the chief of the Israeli Embassy Security detail, who was extricated from the embassy after an Egyptian mob nearly broke in to the room where he and five other security men were holed up.
The Prime Minister, as well as Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, spoke with Yonatan on the phone during the crisis and followed the events as they unfolded.
"You exhibited coolness and calm that prevented a major disaster," Netanyahu told Yonatan, who in turn thanked the Prime Minister and said "If it were not for you, we would not be here."
"He and his men, six in number, were trapped in the Embassy building. The mob entered the building and entered the office. Only one door separated between the mob and Yonatan and his friends. He sounded perfectly calm to me, and on the other hand understood the situation in which he and his colleagues found themselves."
"And thank God this morning they all landed in Israel. A short while ago I spoke with Yonatan and his mother. They sounded wonderful."