Jordanian King: Israel's long-term future in jeopardy

Published April 6th, 2010 - 06:37 GMT

Jordanian King Abdullah has warned that Israel's long-term future would remain in jeopardy unless a permanent solution to the Palestinian problem was achieved. Ahead of his trip to the USA, the Jordanian king said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: "I think the long-term future of Israel is in jeopardy unless we solve our problems."


The Jordanian leader, who is expected to attend President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit, cautioned against "wasting too much time" in resolving the conflict in the region. Pointing to the "tremendous tension" in the Middle East, he warned that the "status quo is unacceptable."


"Over the Israeli-Lebanese border; if you spoke [to some Lebanese] today they feel there is going to be a war any second," he said. "[It] looks like there is an attempt by certain groups to promote a third intifada, which would be disastrous. Jerusalem as you are well aware is a tinderbox that could go off at any time, and then there is the overriding concern about military action between Israel and Iran."


"So with all these things in the background, the status quo is not acceptable; what will happen is that we will continue to go around in circles until the conflict erupts, and there will be suffering by peoples because there will be a war," added Abdullah.



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