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We've been here in Jerusalem for little over a week and have covered the latest in what's been a cycle of violence between Israel & Gaza. We have spoken to officials from both sides and have reported on the daily movements in the military conflict. But as always we wanted to hear how this conflict is being viewed by the young people who call here home. They are a varied and diverse bunch and it was always going to be a challenge to find a group that represents all facets of this place. But we did manage to bring together four young people to see what they think about today's events and whether they are more or less inclined to work for peace in the future.
When it first started operating, the Jerusalem Light Rail was seen by some as a symbol of hope for a city divided along ethnic and religious lines. No matter who you are you pay the same fare and get on the same train sit on the same seats and look out the same windows. But in a place so entrenched in the realities of conflict, can a mere tram line transcend divides and pave the track to coexistence?
After endless cycles of violence followed by periods of tense peace, Israelis and Palestinians and much of the rest of the world wonder if there can ever be a lasting peace. I sat down with David Grossman to get his views about that. He's an acclaimed author and peace activist. His books have been translated into 40 languages and include "To the End of the Land" and "Falling out of Time." Here's what he had to say about the prospects for peace, the weakness of Israel's peace camp and some surprising words of support for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
What do you think about what' David's thoughts?
Hamas Spokesman Osama Hamdan tells me that his group doesn't reject any mediation effort by any country and that they are now working on getting a new ceasefire agreement that meets the demands of the group.
Naftali Bennett is Israel's Minister of Economy. He's also the leader of the right-wing political party "The Jewish Home." He's been rather outspoke on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the past and I wanted to see what he has to say about what is happening on the ground right now.