It's been nearly three years, but the Israelis and Palestinians are heading back to the negotiating table. And John Kerry might be the reason why.
The secretary of State announced the agreement from Jordan on Friday, saying the two sides will soon resume peace talks.
"We have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final-status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry said, according to Reuters, adding, "the agreement is still in the process of being formalized."
The last peace talks between the two parties broke down in 2010 because of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Those areas, along with the Gaza Strip, are where Palestinians are seeking statehood, often saying that Israelis "occupy" the land.
Kerry gave no further details on the peace talks but said that Israeli and Palestinian representatives will come to Washington and discuss a later announcement.
"The best way to give these negotiations a chance is to keep them private," he said. "We know that the challenges require some very tough choices in the days ahead. Today, however, I am hopeful."
Kerry's comments in Jordan came after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah earlier on Friday. Apparently, before the meeting with Abbas started, Kerry told him, "Mr. President, you should look happy," according to Haaretz.