Fargo man gets caught in Israel during a missile attackFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Fargo man on a trip overseas had a rocket fly right over his head as gunfire rangs out in the city of Jerusalem.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Fargo man on a trip overseas had a rocket fly right over his head as gunfire rangs out in the city of Jerusalem.
Dr. Lance Bergstrom was in Israel as missiles and rockets were raining from the sky as the dispute between the Jews and Hamas fired up into all out war.
Dr. Bergstrom was on what he calls a pilgrimage, with a group of 28 people out of Alexandria. The trip was almost over when this missile battle began He figured he was safe being in Jerusalem, 40 miles from the Gaza strip, but the trip was cut short when the missile sirens started ringing in the holy town.
Bergstrom: "it was pretty freaky for a moment there we were all kind of like, we said a prayer and were like ok we need to get out of town."
Bergstrom was eating when Palestinian militants fired rockets at Jerusalem,
the first time war had escalated to that, firing on the sacred city. Up to this point he thought they were safe as long as they were in Jerusalem.
Bergstrom: "shows you how desperate they are you wouldn't do that if you're a devout Muslim the golden dome is there that's the 3rd most holy site in Muslim tradition. It'd be like a catholic firing on the Vatican."
That rocket flew over the city. With days to go in the trip, Bergstrom says you could tell things were escalating. Military presence was increasing and tanks passing by on the road.
The day before he left Israel's defense minister called up 75-thousand reserve members.
Bergstrom: "we saw girls at the wailing wall you know they're 18 years old carrying guns and it seems like my daughter who's in high school."
As Bergstrom rests easy tonight, the war continues over there. Israel is preparing a ground attack on the Gaza strip, and reports show neither side is giving in.
Bergstrom: "I'm a little bit shell shocked coming back there's a little bit of underlying stress when you're there I'll admit it you don't really realize it until you get home you take a sigh of relief and say I'm glad I live in the United States."
Bergstrom did say it's a place everyone should go visit, just not right now.
He added if you think TSA is tough here. Tel Aviv is way worse, with the searches, there are guards tearing through luggage, bomb sniffing dogs, rather intense than what we're used to.