Obama, Kerry discuss Israel-Hamas violence

 

President Obama on Wednesday spoke with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas. 

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A White House readout of the call did not get into specifics of the discussion or the ongoing negotiations. But it noted Kerry "has been engaged with the Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Europeans, the UN, the Arab League, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to determine how to achieve an end to the current violence and build a process that can create a sustainable path forward."

Kerry, who landed in Israel on Wednesday to begin a round of negotiations, said his goal was not just to achieve a cease-fire in the region but also a "sustainable process going forward."

Obama and Kerry discussed the ongoing situation while the president traveled aboard Air Force One from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The president is in the middle of a 3-day West Coast swing, where he is fundraising for Democrats. He will also deliver a speech on the economy on Thursday.