On Thursday, Israel officially cancelled the prisoner release, throwing the entire peace process into doubt.
The U.S. has supported statehood for the Palestinians but has argued that they should accomplish this through the peace process rather than by unilateral actions.
Kerry said he would return to the U.S. on Friday and consult with President Barack Obama and other top national security advisers on how to proceed. But his comments on Friday signaled that he and his team would be taking a step back from the peace process to test Israeli and Palestinian intentions. Abbas and Netanyahu must lead and make difficult compromises for the talks to have a chance for success, he said.
“The leaders have to make these decisions,” Kerry said.