By Amie Parnes - 07/23/14 08:01 PM EDT
President Obama on Wednesday spoke with Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryUS arms sale to Saudi Arabia under fire from lawmakers Top Republican presses Kerry for Iran 'ransom' details US to provide 8M in aid to South Sudan amid humanitarian crisis 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.