Jordan king: No future to Israel without just peace
Jordan's King Abdullah II said that the just and enduring peace is the one that guarantees the rights of all parties. “A peace that secures the rights of all parties and ensures the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on Palestinian soil is a peace that will last and be protected and preserved by future generations,” the Jordanian monarch said.
“An incomplete peace that does not restore rights to the Palestinian people will remain fragile and unstable” and will remain vulnerable to collapse, the King added in an interview with the London-based Al Hayat daily, published on Saturday.
Confirming that unilateral acts in the region are doomed to failure, the Jordanian king stated that “there is no future for Israel unless there is a just peace that restores rights to the people.”
“After the war in Lebanon, the failure of unilateral solutions has been underscored to Israel now, just as it has to the US and the entire world. For there is no future for Israel unless there is a just peace that restores rights to the people. Israel cannot, and the region cannot enjoy security unless the Palestinians enjoy stability,” the King said.
He stressed the need for Arab countries to come up with a united position and a united vision so that their voice can be heard. “Our strategy depends on uniting the Arab position and emerging with a united Arab vision towards the challenges we face in the region. Because we strongly believe that without a united Arab position, that makes our voices heard, this region will become booty for the greedy,” the King said in reply to a question.
He also expressed concerns over what was happening in Iraq, particularly “as we see continuing violence take sectarian form at times.” However, the king said he counts on the awareness of the Iraqi people and their realization of the dangers threatening their country. “I also appreciate the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's keenness on unity and the territorial integrity of Iraq,” King Abdullah said calling all Arabs to support Iraq and stand by it and not allow anyone to interfere in its affairs. “Let us leave Iraq for the Iraqis to decide their future,” he said.