Jerusalem, Jan.12 (ANI): Ohio resident Samuel Wurzelbacher a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber", who acquired fame for confronting Barack Obama on his tax policy during last year's presidential campaign, arrived in Sderot, Israel, on Sunday, and said the Israelis had waited too long for launching strikes at the Hamas.
He also said that the foreign media should be ashamed of themselves for the way they were reporting on strikes on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
"You should be ashamed of yourself. You should be patriotic, protect your family and children, not report like you have been doing for the past two weeks since this war has started," he said.
Wurzelbacher has found a new job - as a correspondent for the Internet Web sites PJTV and Pajamas Media.
Armed with a camera and a temporary Government Press Office card, he got a taste of reality in Sderot, visiting a house hit by a Kassam rocket two weeks ago and experiencing a "Code Red" alert first-hand.
He also observed and reported from the house where a Kassam landed on Sunday afternoon. He also wondered why Israel waited so long to act. "I know if I were a citizen here, I'd be damned upset."
"When someone hits me, I'm going to unload on the boy. And, if the rest of the world doesn't understand that, then I'm sorry," he added.
Wurzelbacher had already announced that he would cover Operation Cast Lead for ten days and assist in getting out the Israeli side of the story.
"I want the average American Joes to understand the story here from the point of view of someone like them," he told WNWO, a TV channel in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, before heading here. (ANI)