Two members of the U.S. Congress visited Sderot Sunday, and were guided by MK Yuval Shteinitz (Likud).
Senator Jon Kyl (R., Arizona) said he intended to tell the citizens in the U.S. how bad things were in Israel, in the hope that this would ensure continued support for the country. He added that the U.S. Congress has put limitations on the money it sends to Egypt.
Congressman Elton Gallegly (R., California) said the people of Sderot are "prisoners in their own community."
The American visitors expressed their support for Israel and called for pressure on Hamas, as well as Egypt.
In addition, Foreign Ministry Director Aharon Abramovich showed foreign ambassadors the sights and sounds of Sderot. "Because things are getting worse," he explained, "we thought it would be good to bring the ambassadors out here to Sderot again to see the reality that we are trying to deal with."
Igor Tymofieiev, Ambassador for Ukraine, said: "I do not favor a military move. I think that is a bad solution. There are diplomatic, economic and political paths." He also expressed sympathy for the Sderot residents, saying, "It's hard to live knowing that at any moment you and your children are in danger."