The British ambassador to Israel has praised the spirit of Israelis who live under the constant threat of terror attack, while on a visit to the southern town of Sderot.
Matthew Gould spent Wednesday with Sderot's mayor David Buskila. The town is located just 840 metres from the Gaza border and continues to face rocket attacks by Hamas.
Mr Gould said it was important for him to visit the area in order to understand "the reality" of Israel's security concerns. "People like me, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary talk about peace and security, but what it actually means is the lives that you and your citizens have to live every day."
He added: "But as much as I've been saddened by the impact of the conflict, I've been very impressed at the spirit of your town."
During the day Mr Gould met children from a local school to speak about their daily life and also visited a yeshiva where there is a chanuciah constructed from Qassam rockets.