Obama believes in 'window of opportunity' on Mideast peace
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama said Thursday he believed there was a "window of opportunity" to kickstart the Middle East peace process, after a trip to the region by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Obama himself visited Israel and the Palestinian territories last month -- his first trip to the region since taking office in 2009.
The US president said that he and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "talked about Middle East peace, where there's at least a window of opportunity for both Israelis and Palestinians to get back to the peace table."
"We explored how the United States, as a strong friend of Israel and a supporter of the Palestinian state, can work with the United Nations and multilateral bodies to try to move that process forward."
Kerry on Tuesday dubbed his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week "very constructive," pledging new efforts to help the West Bank economy as he sought to bring the two sides back to the table.
The US secretary of state, however, cautioned that it was more important to find ways of resuming the long-frozen negotiations correctly rather than "quickly."