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Daniel Gordis

So How Is Hamas Different From Islamic State, Israel Wonders?

Foley's execution seems to have worsened the Israeli public's assessment of the U.S.'s role in the Gaza conflict.
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It would have been hard to imagine that Islamic State's brutal execution of American freelance photojournalist James Foley would worsen the Israeli public's assessment of the U.S.'s role in the Gaza conflict. But listen to the chatter in cafes and on the checkout line in the market, and it seems that it may have done just that.

When the war died down and the cease-fires began, the reservists started to return home. One of them, a student of ours at Shalem College in Jerusalem, had been in the thick of it. When he finally got out for good and came back to campus, I found him in the student lounge, shook his hand and asked, "How are you?"