Feingold Discusses Iraq Unrest

Potential presidential candidate Russ Feingold says that voter unrest over the war in Iraq has elevated foreign policy issues to a rare level of importance.

The Wisconsin senator also told an audience in Platteville that Israel has a right to defend itself amid rising tensions in the region.

Israel has launched an offensive against Lebanon after guerillas captured two Israeli soldiers.

Feingold says he hopes Israel exercises restraint -- but he says the country has the right and the responsibility to defend itself from terrorists.

He opened his second swing through Iowa with a heavy schedule of events including a stop in Dubuque.

They included meetings with activists and fund-raising for candidates.

Feingold has been among the harshest critics of the war in Iraq and has urged a pullout of troops.