Jordan's king calls for urgency in Mideast

2012-04-18 19:18
Brussels - Jordan's King Abdullah II called for "a quantum leap forward" on Wednesday in efforts to strike an Israel-Palestinian peace deal, warning time was fast running out.

"We cannot afford one more generation in waiting for a Palestinian state," the Jordanian monarch said in a vibrant speech to the European parliament that drew repeated rounds of applause.

"There is no time to wait," he said. "The Arab Spring is rooted in a profound call for human respect. No affront is felt more deeply than the Israeli occupation."

"The longer Palestinian suffering endures, the longer settlement-building continues, the greater the frustrations, dangers and unknowns."

King Abdullah said that if talks on a two-state solution collapsed, Israel would be "further than ever from real security".

"It would take decades, even generations for peace to regain the initiative," he said.

The king said the decade-old Arab Peace Initiative remained the only blueprint, with two states living side by side on the 1967 borders, East Jerusalem as capital of a "sovereign, viable and independent" Palestine, and "collective peace and security guarantees" for Israel.

Amman earlier this year coaxed Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to return to talks after the collapse of direct negotiations in 2010.

Describing the renewed contacts as "baby steps", King Abdullah said "now the process requires a quantum leap forward".

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    king abdullah ii  |  palestine  |  israel  |  middle east peace publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

VIDEO: The other leaders in this team have stepped up - Habana
VIDEO: 5 scintillating RWC tries from the weekend
World Cup 'curse' talk annoys Cameron
Meyer taking no chances
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.