Israelis and Palestinians are unlikely to resume negotiations – much less conclude a two-state agreement – during the Obama Administration’s remaining 14 months, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington on Monday.
“I think we have been quite candid about the fact that given the dynamic on both sides, it is unlikely that the two state solution will be reached within the next 14 months,” Earnest said.
“It is even unlikely that talks in pursuit of that two state solution would begin in the next 14 months,” Earnest said.
He spoke at the tail end of the meeting in the oval office between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It was the first such conversation between the two leaders since October 2014.
Both men entered office in 2009. Since then, Obama has made two significant failed attempts to engage Israel and the Palestinians in a peace process that would lead to the creation of a two-state solution.