The Jerusalem Post reports: “This is a crazy country in a crazy world,” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his senior adviser Erez Halfon on September 10, 2001. “There is no day when our schedule goes as planned.”
Halfon, who is now deputy chairman of Nefesh B’Nefesh, promised his boss that the next day would be different, and by 3 p.m. Israel time on September 11, he told Sharon with pride that everything that day was going according to plan.
Less than an hour later, Sharon received a note from his chief of staff Uri Shani informing him that a plane had hit the first tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Sharon stopped a meeting of the security cabinet and went to a side room.
Shani was on the phone with New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s chief of staff Bruce Teitelbaum when a plane hit the World Trade Center’s second tower and the phone got disconnected.
Moments later, Shin-Bet security service agents rushed in and urged the prime minister to head down to a bomb shelter, because of concerns that a civilian airliner en route to Israel could have been hijacked.
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