Tali Horn, the soldier who answers the phone in the Homefront Command’s call center, could not believe what she was hearing. On the phone was none other than Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The call came in at 3:00 a.m. The Prime Minister had just come back from a long deliberation at his office and had a hard time falling asleep. He was watching TV and saw a message on the screen saying that the hotline is open to callers around the clock.
Olmert picked up the phone and called. “Hello, my name is Ehud Olmert,” he said. At first Horn thought someone was playing a prank on her, but she quickly recognized the Prime Minister’s voice and continued the conversation with him.
Olmert asked if there were many calls coming in to the hotline and what were the most common questions asked. He also asked her how is it to work at the call center and how does she cheer up the citizens who are under attack by the Katyushas.
The two spoke for an another few minutes and at the end of the conversation Olmert wished Horn and her fellow soldiers at the call center well and added, “Hang in there, we need you.”
The soldier quickly told her colleagues that PM Olmert had called, but had a difficult time convincing them it was really him.