Bloomberg Forced to Take Cover in Israel

Missile alert sends NYC mayor scrambling in search of shelter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2009 7:56 PM CST
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to a hospitalized Israeli boy during a visit to a hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Sunday Jan. 4, 2009.    (TSAFRIR ABAYOV)
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(Newser) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had to take a break from expressing solidarity with Israelis threatened by Hamas rockets today after a missile warning sent him and his party scurrying into a bomb shelter. The daylong trip to Israel that included visits to two towns targeted by the Islamic militant movement in recent weeks, and the threat came in the embattled town of Sderot.

The mayor said he fully understood Israel's actions: "You should rest assured, if anyone in New York was being threatened, my instruction to the NYPD would be to use all the resources at their disposal to protect civilians."