Philip Crowley, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said that the United States is committed to the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and that President Obama’s administration is backing the issue as a fundamental demand in peace talks. Crowley stated that the United States recognizes Israel as a state for the Jewish people and its special nature in this regard.

He also said that the U.S is not seeking to push the peace process for a number of months, but is rather seeking to create a clear path that would enable the Palestinian Authority and Israel to resume the peace process. The United States wants the two parties to be able to tackle core issues with the sole intention of reaching an agreement within a year.

Next week, Israel will be asking the United States to extend the so-called “security package” for a few more years.

U.S. direct aid to Israel now stands at 3 Billion USD a year.