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Jordan's King Issues Stern Rebuke to Israel

Monday, 05 Apr 2010 08:40 PM


AMMAN, Jordan—Jordan's King Abdullah II said he will push the Obama administration next week to impose on Israel the terms and time-line for new peace talks with the Palestinians, as concerns mount inside his government that the stalled dialogue could fuel a new round of violence in the Middle East that targets moderate Arab states.

Jordan's leader also delivered in an interview Monday with The Wall Street Journal a rebuke of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, charging that his policy of building homes for Jewish families in East Jerusalem has pushed Jordanian-Israeli relations to their lowest point since a 1994 peace treaty.

King Abdullah said he and other moderate Arab leaders are increasingly doubtful that Mr. Netanyahu is capable of making the concessions needed to create an independent Palestinian state—requiring a direct intervention by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton outlined the terms for peace talks during his second term: establishing "parameters" that held both sides to focusing on creating an independent Palestinian state based on the pre-June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem serving as the capital.

During a 40-minute conversation at his limestone offices in western Amman, King Abdullah said, "I met Benjamin Netanyahu…this time last year. I was extremely optimistic by the vision he had for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and the Israelis and the Arabs."

"However, I have to say, that over the past 12 months, everything I've seen on the ground has made me extremely skeptical," the king added. "And, I believe I'm one of the more optimistic people you'll find in this part of the world."

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