In The Wichita Eagle. Jan. 10, 2009:
Gathering supports Israel, Mideast peace
BY SUZANNE PEREZ TOBIAS
As violence continued in Gaza on Friday, Wichita-area religious and political leaders gathered at a local temple to express their support for Israel and to pray for peace.
"Civilians are suffering and dying in Gaza right now. There is no question that that is a terrible tragedy," said Rabbi Nissim Wernick of the Hebrew Congregation in Wichita.
"But the guilt lies not with Israel, but with leaders of Hamas and the silence of the world for the last several years."
The "United We Stand" rally at Temple Emanu-El was organized by the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation as part of a national effort to have public events in support of Israel.…….
U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, attended the rally and also expressed support for the Israeli government.
"Israel has the responsibility to protect its citizens, and that's what it's doing in ongoing operations in Gaza," he said."
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