In a moment of frustration of disappointment in making little headway with the Middle East peace process, Secretary of State John Kerry said that it was “reality check time” and time to re-evaluate the US’ role in the peace process. Kerry is frustrated that both sides, in recent days, having done things counterproductive to the overall goal of Middle East peace.
Secretary of State John Kerry signaled Friday that the U.S. is losing patience over lack of progress in the Middle East peace talks, saying it was “reality check time.”
Kerry said Washington was evaluating its role in the process, saying “both sides have taken steps that are not helpful” in recent days.
“This is not an open-ended effort, it never has been,” he told reporters during a visit to Morocco, adding that the U.S. would “evaluate very carefully where it is and where it is going.”
However, he insisted that efforts were not in vain, saying: “None of this time has been wasted.”
In August, Kerry persuaded Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to resume talks and set a nine-month timetable for an agreement to be reached. That timetable expires at the end of this month.