“I’m committed to this because I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting. I think we have some period of time: a year, a year and a half to two years—or it’s over,” Kerry said ominously at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. “There’s an urgency to this in my mind and I intend on behalf of the president’s instructions to honor that urgency and see what we can do to move forward.”

“We’re trying to undo years of failure and I think one can. I believe we can, but it’s got to go carefully, step by step,” the secretary added later. …

“You can tell from my early travels and my engagements we’re committed to trying to find out what is possible,” Kerry said Wednesday. “I’m not going to come here today and lay out to you the schedule or define the process because we’re in the process of working that out with the critical parties, but in my meetings both sides I have found a seriousness of purpose, a commitment to explore how we actually get to a negotiation we all have some homework to do. We’re doing that homework and I ask you to simply give us a little bit of time here.”