An Israeli soldier sleeps inside a tank at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel
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BOCA RATON, Fla. - On the eve of Thanksgiving, Michael Matilsky has a lot to be thankful for.
Wednesday's cease-fire between Hamas and Israel means safer surroundings for his three children and two grandchildren living in Israel. He wants peace, but speculated the fighting isn't over.
"The bottom line is we don't have a peace settlement, nor are we likely to see one in this generation," says Matilsky, who lived in Israel for 15 years.
In the eight-day conflict, his daughter had a brush with violence.
"The bus that blew up in Tel Aviv, that's the bus my daughter usually rides. But she wasn't on the bus that day," says Matilsky.
His son Daniel, home from college at FSU, says it's been hard to concentrate on school.
"My mind was not in Tallahassee for the past week, it's been on Israel hoping everything is alright," says Daniel.
At the American Islamic Center in Boca Raton, prayers go out praising the cease-fire. None of the members wanted to speak on camera, but say peace, not politics, is what they hope for.
Matilsky echoes that sentiment.
"You learn to live with it and hope for the best, hope for better," says Matilsky.
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