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Local man is eyewitness to Israeli- Palestinian conflict

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(KPLR) - Sam Friedman says his life in Israel is quite a contrast to his life growing up in St. Louis County. His parents still live there. Friedman graduated from Truman State before heading to Tel Aviv a year ago to work in the high tech industry.

He says things have been hectic and unpredictable since the current conflict began. Friedman says you never know what’s going to happen next. Sirens sound two or three times a day, sending people to bomb shelters. He says the Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system makes life easier. It intercepts incoming missiles, but even then, not all the parts of the rockets explode and parts have fallen into a friend’s yard and near his office. Just this morning, Friedman says sirens sounded and he had to get off the bus, got to the nearest store and go downstairs.

After the sirens, Friedman says people come out and cautiously go back to their normal activities. At this point, he plans to stay and work in Israel and hopes the conflict ends soon.

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