In less than two weeks, the President of the United States will be decided, yet there's still a chance for the current incumbent, Barack Obama, to cement his legacy, and it could be connected to Palestine, the head of mission at the one of the leading bodies in the Middle East peace process, told CNBC.
Speaking to the "CNBC Conversation", the diplomat tasked with searching for peace in one of the most tumultuous regions of the Middle East, Kito de Boer, said he believed the "most keenly awaited time period" to look into this, would be after the election but before President Obama steps down.
"The question is what can (Obama) do in those remaining weeks," Kito de Boer, head of mission at the Office of the Quartet, told CNBC.
"If you put the test of 'what is a lasting legacy', one thing that I would argue is: simply recognize the two states, recognize Palestine. We talk about the fact that where the two-state solution is under threat, well, you know, that is something that the U.S. government could do."
It's a conflict that dates back almost 70 years. The struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians has taken many twists and turns over the years, including the death of thousands, the displacement of millions, and deteriorated economies.