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Rally for peace in Israel held in Albany

ALBANY Hundreds attended a Stop the Sirens Emergency Rally Tuesday evening at Congregation Beth Emeth. The pro-Israel event aimed to draw awareness to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants.

This is rallying the faithful. This is an attempt to tell people what's happening to have them continue to support Israel politically and financially, said Stephen Berk, a professor at Union College and the events keynote speaker.
Thousands of miles away in Gaza, rockets were fired at Israel after Hamas wouldnt agree to terms of a cease fire. Israel then responded with its own rockets. 

I really think if the Israelis offered the Palestinians some real hope over the years and if the Palestinians had their nation by now this conflict would have been over, said Tom Ellis, a member of Albanys Palestinian Rights Committee.

Until an agreement is reached, both sides plan to hold local rallies to support their respective sides. Experts said a peace agreement may have been possible months ago.

This could have been a moment when the Israelis might have been, I think with a different leadership, been in a position to try to take the chance for peace; to make the compromise because they have never been so strong and Hamas and the Palestinians never been so weak, said Sage College Professor Stephen Leibo. This was that moment when a compromise might have been possible to take us in a different direction.
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