Paul Uppal is MP for Wolverhampton South-West. Follow Paul on Twitter.
To say that this week has been eventful would be a serious understatement. Its events culminated yesterday when rocket sirens went off in Jerusalem where I was staying with a Conservative Friends of Israel delegation. It was an experience I will never forget.
On Tuesday we visited the Golan Heights. The news at the time was that errant fire from the Syrian civil war had landed in Israel; the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. But while we were standing in the mountainous north, Hamas rockets were raining down on the million people who inhabit the desert south.
The escalation began earlier this month following the detonation of a tunnel on the Israeli side of the border which targeted Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers. An anti-tank missile also destroyed an IDF jeep travelling on the Israeli side of the border fence, injuring four soldiers. More than 120 rockets were fired on Israel between this incident and Wednesday, when phones began to ring during our meetings with Israeli officials.
Something was clearly going on.