The prospect of a long-term peace agreement between Israel and Palestine inched closer tonight, as the US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that both sides have agreed to establish a basis for direct negotiations.
Kerry announced that he expected to be joined by Israeli and Palestinian officials in Washington for the initial talks, in a matter of weeks.
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.