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Local Doctor, Temple President Worries About Family in Israel

ELLENSBURG, Wash.  -  The Middle East conflict is hitting home for some members of Temple Shalom, which is based in Yakima.  An Ellensburg doctor is one of them.

Dr. Bruce Herman has family in Israel.  He finds time in the day to watch news coverage of the conflict.  He's also keeping in touch with Israeli family members, to find out what's really going on over there.

"They're not so different from us in what they want.  They want peace, and they want to send their kids to school safely." says Herman.

He has family in Tel Aviv, and also in Haifa, where Hezbollah rockets are falling.  "Some of them are in bomb shelters now." he adds.

Herman says the last time he visited family in Israel, things were mostly peaceful.  In the last week, that's all changed.

Herman says, "I don't presume to understand the rise in Islamic extremism, and how you reason with that." 

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