The Oregonian had a nice-sized article on page A7 under WORLD today about John McCain touring Sderot. He spoke with one family who sustained a hole in their roof from a Qasam rocket and learned that people only have a few seconds to get to shelter when the alarm goes off. The wife had been hit with shrapnel. Ehud Barak had given McCain a helicopter trip and had ended in Sderot. McCain said that he was sorry it had happened and that we'll try to see that it doesn't happen again.
McCain met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ehud Olmert. He had a telephone conversation with Abbas.
McCain is on a seven-day trip to the Middle East and Europe with Republican Lindsey Graham and Independent Joe Lieberman. He finished two days of high-level meetings in Israel and said that he supports a continued US effort to help Israel make peace with its neighbors. He takes a hard line against negotiations with Hamas. "
"It's very clear that the Palestinian Authority in Gaza is committed to the extermination of the state of Israel. That's their stated goal," McCain said. "It's very difficult to negotiate with an organization that is dedicated to your extinction."
When Bush went to Israel, he did not go to Sderot and see the damage that the thousands of rockets had done. I'm glad that McCain understands what Israel is up against.