Operation Pillar of Defense is our new tram's first experience with hostilities.
The Jerusalem light rail has only been up and running for a little over one year.
So after Hamas aimed two missiles toward Jerusalem on Friday evening, the officials had to start thinking--what to do if the air raid siren goes off when I am in the tram?
I heard it announced only once on the radio, but apparently it was decided that the tram would stop and passengers would stay inside.
And--get this!--the passengers are supposed to get below the level of the glass.
Can you see how low the windows go?
And often people are packed in like vertical sardines, over 250 in each of the two cars of the tram.
Where would there be room to lie on the floor or sit on the floor or even just bend down??
And with all those glass doors and big windows, think of all the potential shrapnel that would go flying. Oi . . .
On Friday morning a fake bomb (wires sticking out of a bag or something) was planted in a tram near Mt. Herzl.
The entire line was stopped from 6:30 to 10 a.m. while they brought in the police robot to investigate the "suspicious object."
Sometimes I wish we stilled used camels and donkeys.
UPDATE: Another dummy bomb was put in the tram again this morning (Monday).