STUDIO CITY ( — Professor Michael Shires spoke with KCAL9’s Amy Johnson Saturday morning about what the announcement of a unity government in the Middle East means for peace in the region.

“The process is certainly taking a really big step backwards,” Shires said.

Shires’ interview comes shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this week spoke about his disappointment about things breaking down, and called on leaders to make compromises that can lead to peace.

“There is always a way forward but leaders have to make the compromises necessary to do that. We may see a way forward, but if they are not willing to make the compromises necessary, it becomes very elusive. We will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities of peace. We believe it is the only way to go,” Kerry said.

“The leaders themselves have to make decisions. It’s up to them.”

Shires said the remarks were the most “pessimistic” he’s heard the administration on the issue.

“It makes it very difficult to move ahead,” Shires said in part.

“This is a time when the most we can do right now with respect to to the peace process is keep the door open, and hope and pray that peace can unfold.”


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