United States Sen. Deb Fischer has returned after a trip to Israel, during a time when the Israeli – Palestinian clash grew especially violent.
Fisher was the only member of Congress on the trip sponsored by an American/Israeli educational foundation.
She saw much of Israel and spoke to a broad range of political leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who carved out about an hour of his schedule for the two to talk.
Fischer arrived in Israel as violence between Israelis and Palestinians reached a fever pitch after two Palestinian teens died from Israeli military fire. The West Bank exploded. The militant Islamic group Hamas mounted a counter-attack with hundreds of Palestinians throwing firebombs and rocks as Israeli soldiers, some rolling burning tires at them. Israeli soldiers responded by using tear gas and stun grenades on the angry crowd.
Fischer says she spoke not only with Netanyahu’s government, but also opposition leaders in the Knesset.
What role can the United States play in resolving the conflict?
“It’s difficult to say that this conflict can be resolved,” Fischer responds.
Still, Fischer says America cannot give in to despair about the Middle East.
“That being said, we have to continue to try. We have to continue to look for ways to bring all sides together here and try to reach some kind of peaceful resolution.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:43]