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Divided Jerusalem asks what comes after Obama

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>> When President Obama was elected, he made encouraging peace between Israelis and Palestinians a top priority. Five years later, in 2013, he came to Jerusalem, making a passionate appeal to Israeli students.>> An independent Palestine must be viable.>> But finding a resolution has eluded him, as it has his predecessors.
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>> I'm Reuters' Emily Wither in Jerusalem. I was at that speech three years ago, and I remember the atmosphere of hope Obama created among young people. There was a feeling of opportunity. There was a resonance to his message that peace was necessary, just, and possible.>> More was in the audience.
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Now graduated, she works for a start up in Tel Aviv. She says the solution looks easier from the outside.>> I was really inspired by the speech, and I remember I left the room thinking, okay, what we can do different. And now that I looked at it, I felt it was a bit naive because the situation here in the Middle East is not stable.
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>> Many Israelis see Hillary Clinton as a safe bet. Under her it's likely little will change. Donald Trump, however, could be a game changer. He's spoken about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a major shift in US policy. And a disaster for Palestinians, who want the east of the city to be their capital.
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Ahmed, who lives in Jerusalem's old city says there's been an increase in Palestinians losing their homes in East Jerusalem. As settlers move in around him, his own family is facing eviction from a home they've lived in since the 1950s.>> To hear him saying that just to collect votes.
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On the back of our story, and the back of our right, it's shameful.>> Under President Obama, there have been several rounds of failed peace negotiations.>> But some suggest he may launch or support a major new initiative on the peace process before he leaves office. If he doesn't, the next US Presidents will have difficult decisions to make if they want to foster a two-state solution.