Joe the Plumber calls on Obama to help Israel
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ASHKELON, Israel (AP) — Joe the Plumber called on President-elect Barack Obama on Monday to help Israel in its campaign against Hamas.
The plumber-turned-war correspondent has been unabashed in his support of Israel's two-week campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and has been touring the Gaza border region and Israeli towns hit by Palestinian rocket fire.
"President Obama has already spoken about what he would do here. That if his daughters were living here he would take whatever means necessary to protect his daughters. So I just hope he carries through with it, but that is going to be up to him," said Joe, whose real name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher.
Wurzelbacher was given a model rocket as a gift from Israeli plumber Moshe Nissimpur in the southern city of Ashkelon, near Gaza.
The Ohio man, who rose to fame during the U.S. presidential campaign for asking Barack Obama about his tax plan, was in southern Israel to tell readers of the conservative pjtv.com Web site about the rockets that rain down from the neighboring Gaza Strip.