First Published: 2013-01-14

 

Jordan King warns failure of peace process will entail further tensions in Middle East

 

King Abdullah II says that stalemate in Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts will plunge region into unknown.

 

Middle East Online

‘No more time should be wasted’

AMMAN - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Monday warned that the stalemate in Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts, and failure to revive the process would add to tensions in the Middle East and plunge the region into the unknown.

During a meeting with delegates from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), His Majesty explained that ongoing regional transformations should drive the Israeli government to embrace peace and stop unilateral measures that hinder peace efforts, including settlement activity and trespassing on Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

King Abdullah indicated that if Israel continues to adopt a fortress mentality, ignoring current political changes in the region and its peoples’ aspirations for pluralism, democracy, dignity and freedom, such an approach would work against Israel’s interests and will leave it isolated from the rest of the neighbourhood.

He stressed, during the meeting, that no more time should be wasted, calling on Palestinians and Israelis to engage in direct talks based on the two-state solution, which, he said, remains the optimal and only formula to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Such solution, the King added, leads to the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state on Palestinian national soil within the pre-1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital, to live side by side with Israel.

King Abdullah asserted that Jordan is directly concerned with a just peace in the region, adding that the Kingdom will proceed with joint efforts with all concerned regional and international players to reach a comprehensive peace that ends the Mideast conflict. In this context, he underlined the importance of seizing the opportunity that surfaced after Palestine won a UN vote to upgrade its status to non-member observer state, a positive factor to push peace forward.

His Majesty highlighted the significant role US Jewish organisations can play to push forward peace efforts. He also underlined the importance of the US as key supporter of the peace process and the need for Washington to engage in efforts to achieve a comprehensive and just peace that enhances prospects of stability and security in the region.

At the meeting, discussions covered developments in the Middle East.

For their part, delegation members expressed appreciation for King Abdullah’s efforts seeking a just, permanent and comprehensive peace in the region.

 

Arab coalition adopts two-pronged strategy to resolve Yemen conflict

Sudan president reelected with more than 94% of vote

Sudan accuses UNAMID of killing civilians in Darfur

Israel invites tenders for 77 East Jerusalem settler homes

Syrian rock bands finding safety in Lebanon

Gulf foreign ministers set to meet with focus on Yemen war

Iran leads NAM calls for Israel to give up nuclear weapons

UN: Israeli actions killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters

Journalists face ‘deadliest period’ in recent history

Leading member of Syria ‘tolerated’ opposition escapes to Spain

‘Islamic State’ stones two men to death in Iraq

Coalition strikes continue as bread, medicine run short in Yemen

Guantanamo ex-inmates demand compensation from US

Novelists withdraw from NY gala in Charlie Hebdo protest

Islamist rebels overrun army base in Syria Idlib province

Iraq forces suffer heavy losses in battle of Ramadi

In new provocation, Iran Guards chief likens Saudi Arabia to Israel

Israel charges soldiers for theft in Gaza war

First Saudi National Guards deployed on Yemen border zone

Sudan to unveil election results

Turkey rounds up 350 migrants en route to Europe

Iraq army announces ‘progress’ in Anbar province

Will Somalia Shebab choose Qaeda or Islamic State?

Abbas condemns Israel killing of two young Palestinians in separate incidents

Civilian massacre in Syria northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughur

New UN envoy looks to revive talks as battles intensify across Yemen

‘Islamic State’ suicide bombers target Iraq-Jordan crossing

Four Egypt Islamists killed while preparing bombs

Extremist groups capture last major regime holdout in northwest Syria

‘Islamic State’ kills Iraq senior officers in Anbar province

Deadly fighting rages in Yemen southern towns

Entrepreneurs encourage people to ‘buy Syrian’

Over 100 children killed in Yemen since March 26

Libya militia alliance 'carries out air raids' against IS

UN 'confident' rebels will sign Mali peace deal

Petraeus gets two years probation for info leak

Iranian ships turn back from Yemen

Palestinians mourn as Jews celebrate

UN chief set to appoint Mauritanian diplomat as Yemen envoy

Obama takes 'full responsibility' for deaths of Qaeda hostages in US operation

Turkey warns Austria over decision to condemn ‘Armenian genocide’

Yemen conflict poses dangers across Gulf of Aden

Hopes for final deal on second day of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

Security tightened at Saudi shopping malls

US returns stolen Egypt artifacts