State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said he plans to discuss Israel's self-defense in its conflict with Hamas as he meets with Jewish leaders today. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
PONTIAC - State Treasurer Dan Rutherford plans to weigh in on the bloody conflict between Isreal and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The Pontiac Republican said he plans to meet with Jewish leaders in Chicago today, "to have some discussions on what kind of solidarity or sensitivities - or actual support that can be shown for Isreal with regard to self-defense."
Rutherford visited Israel earlier this year. He met with government ministers, venture capitalists and other Isreali officials during a four-day visit in April.
Palestinian militants have fired a rocket toward Jerusalem, causing an explosion moments after air raid sirens sounded across the city. The sound of today's blast could be heard in the distance from downtown Jerusalem. A police spokesman says the rocket apparently did not reach the city and authorities are searching for the blast site.
It's the second rocket attack aimed at Jerusalem since a round of fighting broke out between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza last Wednesday. Jerusalem, nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Gaza, is the most distant city the militants have targeted.
The rocket attack occurred as diplomats are trying to work out a cease-fire.
The White House says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.