President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Public officials are under physical and digital siege We must protect and support our health care safety net MORE on Wednesday spoke with Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Walrus detectives: Scientists recruit public to spot mammal from space MORE to discuss the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas.
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.