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Jewish Leaders In East Texas React To Mideast Conflict

On a Sixth day of fighting between Israel and Lebanese militants, Hezbollah rockets are penetrating deeper into Israel than before.

Israel briefly punched through the Lebanese border with ground forces for the first time while airstrikes on Lebanon have killed at least 17 more people. It's all in response to the kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah.

Leaders in the East Texas Jewish Communtiy say fighting goes against the very fiber of their faith, but they say Israel has to defend herself.

Rabbi Neal Katz is with the Congregation Beth El in Tyler.

He says, "Left alone, Israel will continue to thrive, will continue to be a major world player on the world stage in its economy and its technology and its innovation.  Israel is drawn into these political conflicts which are, unfortunately, run by extremist forms of religion in neighboring countries."

In the meantime, today, dozens of Americans have been able to escape Lebanon by boarding U.S. military helicopters bound for Cyprus.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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