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Solon woman visiting Israel worries more for soldiers' safety

Ed and Bonnie Kraus are proud of their daughter and feel she is safe in Israel. (Source: WOIO) Ed and Bonnie Kraus are proud of their daughter and feel she is safe in Israel. (Source: WOIO)
This is Rachel Kraus' fourth trip to Israel. (Source: Bonnie Kraus) This is Rachel Kraus' fourth trip to Israel. (Source: Bonnie Kraus)
Rachel is interning with Onward Israel, acclimating Ethiopian Jews into the country. (Source: Bonnie Kraus) Rachel is interning with Onward Israel, acclimating Ethiopian Jews into the country. (Source: Bonnie Kraus)
SOLON, OH (WOIO) -

While the conflict in the Gaza Strip rages on, a local woman wishes to stay right where she is—in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It's 20-year-old Rachel Kraus' fourth trip to Israel. She has been an intern with the group Onward Israel for about six weeks, acclimating Ethiopian Jews into the country.

Her parents are more proud than concerned.

"If we thought she wasn't safe, we'd have her out of there," said her mother, Bonnie Kraus.

Rachel's father, Ed Kraus, said his daughter has a safe house to go to if there are sirens in the area.

"She understands all of the concerns, (the security concerns) and she decided to go. This was her choice," he said.

Bonnie Kraus said her daughter and some friends have been close to the conflict. They were on the beach and "saw a rocket overhead," but in the distance.

"They actually saw the Iron Dome intercept the rocket," she said.

Ed and Bonnie talk to their daughter almost every day. They said Rachel is more fearful for the soldiers in conflict than for her own safety and doesn't want to come home.

"I'll be happy to hug her at the airport, but really, in my heart, in my gut, I know she's safe," said her mother.

Rachel is due home on Aug. 8.

The problem now is the FAA is not allowing certain flights out of Israel at this point. A blackout is scheduled for another 24 hours, but could be extended after more rocket fire near Tel Aviv's airport on Wednesday.

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