HUNTINGTON - Rep. Steve Israel is headed to Israel to assess the ongoing conflict with militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel is making the trip as part of a seven-member bipartisan Congressional delegation. He says there is hope for peace despite the events of the past week, but he says he thinks it will take some time.

During an interview with News 12 Long Island, the congressman said there will be peace when Hamas decides to stop firing rockets over the border in hopes of killing Israelis, and sending terrorists through tunnels to kidnap Israelis. He says the group also needs to “teach their children how to put things together rather than how to blow things up.”

Israel says he will be in Israel for about a week-and-a-half. He hopes to learn more about the country's Iron Dome missile defense system during that time.

He believes the bond between Israel and the United States has never been stronger, as both countries continue to battle terrorism.