U.S.: Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Need to Do Some Soul Searching

U.S. officials stress Kerry, Obama have not given up on peace negotiations, but say matters are at the hands of Israel, Palestinians.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says goodbye as he leaves Tel Aviv. April 1, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says goodbye as he leaves Tel Aviv. April 1, 2014.Credit: AP
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Barak Ravid

The Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to do some soul searching, Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department Marie Harf said Friday.

During a press briefing, Harf said that the U.S. is very close to the point where – if there will not be progress – peace efforts will come to an end, but stressed that the U.S. has yet to reach that point. She said that U.S. envoy Martin Indyk is continuing talks with Israelis and Palestinians in order to examine options to solve the current crisis.

Earlier Friday, Indyk met with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Netanyahu's representative Yitzhak Molho as well as with senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a press briefing on Friday that Obama will soon meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and evaluate the U.S. role in the peace process.

Earnest said that the ball is now in the Israelis' and Palestinians' court. There's no doubt that we have reached a point where Palestinians leaders and Israeli leaders need to spend some time thinking about their commitment to taking some very difficult steps, he said.

We remain committed to the task, he said, and praised Kerry's role in advancing the peace process.

Secretary Kerry has played a very important role in trying to facilitate conversations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, he said. He was doing that not because it was obvious that an agreement could be struck...it's been very difficult for generations for the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve their differences and he has worked tirelessly on the issue.

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