facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Jordan's king impatient with Israel

May 22, 2011 at 1:21 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah said Israel is changing its stance on peace talks with the Palestinians and scuttling a golden opportunity for a settlement.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour," the king said Israel's refusal to deal with Hamas was unrealistic and ran counter to its insistence that the Palestinian government be united.

President Mahmoud Abbas "has now made reconciliation with Hamas and does represent the Palestinian people, and the Israeli argument is, well, we can't deal with him because of Hamas," Abdullah said. "Abbas had been very clear that Hamas will not be part of the government."

Abdullah warned that allowing the status quo between the two states to continue would only lead to another Palestinian uprising in the near future.

"It's always easy to find an excuse why not to do the right thing," Abdullah said. "And if we continue along those lines, then we will never solve this problem."

George Mitchell, who retired this month as the United States' top envoy to the region, told ABC in a taped interview aired Sunday the United States was neither ditching Israel nor muscling it into an unsatisfactory agreement.

"I don't believe it is threatening Israel," Mitchell said. "A major objective of this initiative is to prevent a disaster for Israel from occurring at the United Nations General Assembly in September, when the Palestinians have said they will see a unilateral declaration of statehood."

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid
2
Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus
3
$900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station $900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station
4
Hiker trapped by flash flood dies in Zion National Park
5
Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014 Playboy Magazine names UPenn top party school for 2014
Trending News
x
Feedback