Yesterday, September 5, was the 44th anniversary of the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, where 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. Shmuel Lalkin, who was head of the Israeli delegation to the ill-fated games, reflected on whether the attacks could have been prevented:
A few months prior to the games, a preliminary tour took place in Munich. Lalkin asked to join as the chief of mission, but was told it was not necessary. He nevertheless decided to travel to Germany at his expense.
“When I visited in July I saw that the Israeli apartments were on the first floor right next to the street on which cars and buses travel freely,” he said before adding that “right under the building there was a staircase that anyone could enter.”
When Lalkin warned about the position of the apartments and requested to move the Israelis to a higher floor he was told by the organizers that “everything had been prearranged” and that they had no intention of changing it.
“I warned the heads of the delegation and German authorities that our residence wasn’t secure,” insisted Lalkin.