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Students from all sides of the conflict cry and comfort each other when it comes time to leave. Here, an American teen gets a big hug. In the background, a young Palestinian man comforts a young Israeli woman. (Lynette Kalsnes)

Aug. 18, 2009

We hear what policymakers, community leaders and activists think about the effectiveness of President Obama's call to stop Israeli settlements in ending the decades long Middle East Conflict. Plus, every summer Hands of Peace brings Israeli and Palestinian teens to the suburbs. Many arrive angry about their situation back home. WBEZ's Lynette Kalsnes met a few of the kids to see how the program changed their understanding of the seemingly intractable politics of the Middle East.