Jordanian king warns: Israel, Palestinians to be losers if peace efforts fail
Jordan's King Abdullah II said in comments published Wednesday that if attempts to revive the Mideast peace initiative failed, Israel as well as the Palestinians would come out the losers.
"If peace efforts fail or if Israel contributes to their failure, it would be the first loser after the Palestinians," Abdullah cautioned in an interview with the independent Al Arab Al Yawm daily.
"If these efforts fail, we have our own strategy to deal with that, but we do not want to be pessimistic," Abdullah said without elaborating.
The Jordanian monarch dismissed speculations that the kingdom has ambitions in the West Bank, which it ruled for decades before Israel occupied the area during the 1967 war. "Those speculations are baseless and a waste of time," he said, adding that Jordan only supports the Palestinians in "ending the occupation and establishing a viable state."
He added that Jordan opposes any military action against Iran in relation to its nuclear program and "won't allow its territory to be used to launch attacks against Iran".
Abdullah noted that the whole region will "be placed at risk" in case of war. He urged to solve the dispute over Iran's nuclear development plans through "dialogue and diplomatic methods."