Central Ohioans Describe Living Near Conflict In Middle East

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As the mother of twins, Kim Worly Salzman says living near Tel Aviv has turned into a game of duck and cover.

She recalls one night driving home with her husband and a pair of three-year olds, when an air raid sirens sounded.
"We had to pull the car over to the side of the road, take them out of the car when they are fast asleep, and just lie in a ditch," she says.

She says the mood of the country changed when the sound of rocket fire intensified.
"It's very depressing. There is a very depressed mood in the country. People are just really, really discouraged about the situation," she says.

Former Central Ohioan Rick Schottenstein lives in Jerusalem.
He says a day doesn't go by where air raid sirens don't force him into a bomb shelter.
"Everyone scrambles for cover; you can't carry out daily life that way. Just the fact you hear explosions is nerve racking," he says.

Ohio State Professor Alam Payid is an expert on Middle East Politics.

He says what's happening in Israel is a product of Israel's Independence, and the wars that followed.
"When you talk to Palestinians and Hamas their argument - we have been living since 1947-48, we have been living under miserable conditions, nobody is paying attention to our suffering, and we are just living under some occupation," he says.

As for Kim Worly Salzman, she says the bombings have her reconsidering staying in Israel for the safety of her children.

"This time has sort of raised doubts in my head, in a country where we are always at war," she says.

Both of the people 10TV spoke to say the worst part about this war, is that innocent civilians are being killed.

Neither believes the fighting will stop anytime soon.

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