[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.obama.israel.wed.cnn.jpg caption="Obama held a press conference in Israel Tuesday."](CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday said the terror in Sderot is “intolerable,” and praised the residents for their courage and resilience.
“I’m here to say that - as an American and as a friend of Israel - that we stand with the people of Sderot and with all the people of Israel,” Obama said.
Sderot is a southern Israeli town that has come under rocket attack from Palestinian militants in Gaza. Obama earlier toured a home that was damaged in one of the attacks.
“Israelis should not have to live endangered in their homes and schools. I’m hopeful that the recent understanding to end the attacks will provide some relief, but America must always stand up for Israel’s right to defend itself against those who threaten its people,” he said.
Obama said he was “deeply committed” to helping Israelis achieve a lasting peace with Palestinians who are prepared to accept the state of Israel, renounce terrorism and abide by agreements.
“We must support Palestinian leaders who share this vision,” Obama said, calling attention to President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayad, both of whom he met with earlier.
Obama was joined in Sderot by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, also toured the war-torn city when he visited the region in March.