Bartlett Couple Vacation to Israel Turns Violent

Posted on: 4:28 pm, November 20, 2012, by , updated on: 04:44pm, November 20, 2012

(Bartlett, TN) Two people who live in Bartlett are home safe after a brush with violence in Israel.

They were in Jerusalem when the city was attacked by Palestinian rockets about a week ago.

Now the U.S. is getting involved to avoid a ground war.

Erik Pena and his wife Mary were walking around the Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane when they heard sirens warning them of an airstrike, “She basically saw the rocket shoot up and fire across the sky and go like that.”

Pena was frightened but snapped a picture of the cloud of smoke after the missile was blown up by the Israelis before it hit the ground killing people.

This is the second time in two years Pena and his wife have been in the middle of a dangerous conflict.

They were in Egypt when millions of revolutionaries overthrew that country’s government last year.

He called both situations scary, but says the situation in Israel is calm compared to last year’s violence in Egypt, “People weren’t really doing anything. You would think if it was an air raid siren people would be freaking out, running for cover and all this, but it wasn’t.”

Pena didn’t think it was that dangerous to visit the region to visit, but after two violent run ins he learned firsthand how volatile the region is, “When we left we saw tanks mobilizing on the highways, and we saw the soldiers were getting called up, basically the reservists. And we figured there was going to be an actual war quickly.”

Pena and his wife are thinking next trip they may try someplace a little more calm like Italy.

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