Israel's chief negotiator Tzipi Livni said that resuming peace talks is in the interest of both peoples.
"I hope that there is a bit of understanding now that this is in the interest of both of our peoples to reach an agreement and to end this conflict", she said.
So far President Obama has watched from the sidelines. Is he ready to engage; to use his own authority, even if that risks failure?
For the first time in three years, both sides have agreed to sit down to discuss resuming peace negotiations, John Kerry said.