WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue professor David Sanders has been to Israel 25 times, give or take, three times already this year. Several of the visits were during a time of unrest.
“One of the earliest times I was there was actually during the Yom Kippur 1973 War,” Sanders said. “I was there during one of the Intifadas. I was there on sabbatical during that time. There was a bombing pretty close to where we were living.”
Sanders has family and friends still in the country witnessing the latest conflict. For nearly a month, Israel and Gaza have exchanged airstrikes killing nearly 2,000 people mostly civilians. An internationally brokered ceasefire started on Friday only to last 90 minutes.
“Some people have actually sent me photos of missiles that were in their parking lot,” Sanders said. “I know people who are very close to the border who have spent a lot of time in shelters.”
Of all the conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians Sanders said this is not much different. He said there is a tragedy going on in Gaza, which is controlled by the group Hamas, and Israel does not know how to solve it.
“I think the basic problem is there is a major tragedy for the people of Gaza,” Sanders said. “The problem is mainly due to its own leadership. I’m hopeful that the people of Gaza will realize they are not being served well by this leadership. I’m hopeful that the people of Israel will understand that they actually have to come to a solution with the people of Gaza.”