The Meshulam family miracle of 1995 David Wilder The Meshulam family of Hebron had an unwelcome intruder on Sunday morning January 15, 1995. At about 9:15 AM, when only 10-year-old daughter Bat-El was home, an unarmed LOWE missile tore through the Meshulam's kitchen window at Beit Shneerson, blasting a hole in the kitchen wall. Fortunately, Bat-El was sleeping in her room at the time of the attack and was not injured. The missile was apparently one of ten stolen from an Israeli army base three months ago. It was unarmed because it was used for training purposes. Had it contained a loaded warhead, it would have destroyed most of the four- story building. LOWE missiles are generally used in anti- tank combat. They destroy tanks. The sound of the missile launch was heard by Jewish residents of Hebron in the Beit Hadassah-Beit Shneerson neighborhood. When they reported the blast to patrolling soldiers they were told that it had occurred at a great distance from the Jewish Quarter. Only when Bat-El ran outside and notified neighbors that "something had exploded in the kitchen" did everyone realize the enormity of the miracle. Hebron leaders met that day with high-ranking military officers and with Assistant Secretary of Defense Mordechi Gur immediately following the attack. A military spokesman claimed that "because there were no casualties, this cannot be considered an escalation of Arab terror." =========================================================== ==== The Meshulam family moved from Rechovot to Hebron three months ago. The following are excerpts from a radio interview (Kol Yisrael) with 10-year old Bat-El an hour after the missile attack. Kol Yisrael: Why did your family move from Rechovot to Hebron? Bat-El: We wanted to help strengthen the Jewish Community of Hebron. Kol-Yisrael : Did you participate in making the decision to move to Hebron. Bat-El: Yes, the whole family made decision together. Kol Yisrael: What were you doing when the missile crashed into your kitchen? Bat-El: I was sleeping in my room because I don't feel well. Kol Yisrael: When you realized that it was a missile were you scared. Bat-El: No. Kol Yisrael: Do you want to stay in Hebron. Bat-El: Yes. I feel very lucky to live in Hebron. Kol Yisrael: Why? Bat-El: This is the City of the Patriarchs. I live near Ma'arat HaMachpela (the Tomb of the Patriarchs). I have the privilege to pray there. Kol Yisrael: What are you going to do now? Bat-El: I'm going to walk to Ma'arat HaMachpela to say "Birchat HaGomel" (a blessing of thanksgiving) for the miracle that happened to me this morning.