The Jerusalem Post, Wednesday September 12, 2001: Thousands of Israelis missing near WTC & Pentagon - The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem has so far received the names of 4,000 Israelis believed to have been in the areas of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon at the time of the attack.
The list is made up of people who have not yet made contact with friends or family, Army Radio reported, telephone connections between Israel and the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas has been sporadic and unreliable since the multiple attacks yesterday.
Ten thousand people are estimated to have been killed in the New York attacks and another 800 in Washington, several hundred also went down with the hijacked planes.
Update: September 13, 2001: Four Israelis were almost certainly in the twin towers of the World Trade Center when they collapsed, the Israeli consul in New York said this evening, he added that in all likelihood, four more Israelis in nearby buildings are also among the casualties, Army Radio reported.
Update: Thursday September 13, 2001: Search in NYC locates 1,000 missing Israelis, by Melissa Radler
NEW YORK, Sept. 13 2001 -- The number of Israelis considered missing in New York dropped to three last night when Ya'acov Habbi and his daughter Gali were located. Ya'acov, who lives near the World Trade Center, and Gali were trapped in a car next to the site for about 20 hours.
The Foreign Ministry compiled the number from Israeli relatives who in the first few hours after the attack, contacted the Israeli Foreign Ministry and gave the names of Israeli friends and relatives who worked in the WTC or who had business scheduled in it or its adjacent structures.
Even without seeing the article in the Jerusalem Post, logic alone would tell you that there would be many hundreds, if not thousands of Israelis in the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks. The international Jewish involvement in banking and finance is legendary. Two of the richest firms in New York are Goldman-Sachs and the Solomon Brothers; and both firms have offices in the Twin Towers.
Many executives in these firms regularly commute back and forth to Israel, New York is the center of world wide Jewish financial power and the World Trade Center is at its epicenter, one would expect the Israeli death toll to be catastrophic..
When George Bush made his speech before Congress, he made a point of saying that in addition to thousands of Americans, 130 Israelis died in the WTC, the implication was to say that Israel shared in our suffering, and that we and Israel are in this thing together.
However if 4,000 Israelis were at the WTC, and the death toll was about 4,500 or about 10 percent of the 45,000 people normally in the buildings at that time, the Israeli toll should have probably been between 300 and 500.
The world Trade Center housed tens of thousands of highly paid, high tech and high level jobs and executive positions, which were primarily international finance, trade, banking and brokerage firms, the kinds of businesses where Israelis are traditionally over represented.
Officials say number of those still missing may be overstated - NYTimes.com September 22, 2001
Interviews with many consulate officials yesterday suggested that the lists of people they were collecting varied widely in their usefulness, for example, the city had somehow received reports of many Israelis feared missing at the site, and President Bush in his address to the country on Thursday night mentioned that about 130 Israelis had died in the attacks.
Today, Alon Pinkas, Israel's consul general here, said that lists of the missing included reports from people who had called in because, for instance, relatives in New York had not returned their phone calls from Israel. There were, in fact, only three Israelis who had been confirmed as dead: two on the planes and another who had been visiting the towers on business and who was identified and buried.