The White House has said the two- nation solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict as proposed by US President Barack Obama is unlikely to happen during the remaining nine months of his presidency.
"It is, and that is something that we have expressed in the past, that this is not something that is likely to happen while President Obama remains in office," White House Press secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.
"The extent of the differences between the two sides are significant enough that it is not something that is going to get resolved in the next nine months," he said in a candid admission of the ground realties in the Middle East.
This administration, particularly secretary of state John Kerry and vice president Joe Biden and President Obama, have all expended significant time and energy and resources to facilitating conversations between the Israelis and Palestinians to find a two-state solution, he noted.
"That is a policy that American Presidents in both parties have pursued, and none have pursued it more aggressively than this administration," Earnest said.
Kerry, he said, is a frequent visitor to the region trying to bring all sides, particularly the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table in a constructive fashion that could yield a constructive result.