By Amie Parnes - 07/23/14 08:01 PM EDT
President Obama on Wednesday spoke with Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryDozens of Clinton meetings left off State schedule: report Overnight Cybersecurity: Sit-in disrupts cyber hearings | Trump tries to defend claim Clinton was hacked Kerry backs government access to encrypted data MORE to discuss the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas.
Kerry, who landed in Israel on Wednesday to begin a round of negotiations, said his goal was not just to achieve a cease-fire in the region but also a "sustainable process going forward."
Obama and Kerry discussed the ongoing situation while the president traveled aboard Air Force One from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The president is in the middle of a 3-day West Coast swing, where he is fundraising for Democrats. He will also deliver a speech on the economy on Thursday.