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US Congresswoman Urges Jordan to Appoint Ambassador to Israel

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Speaking with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Washington on Wednesday, US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen urged Jordan to name a new ambassador to Israel.

Ros-Lehtinen, a noted Republican supporter of Israel, was quoted by AFP as saying that “Jordan has not yet appointed an ambassador to Israel in the year and a half since the previous ambassador moved on, and I would strongly encourage you to do so.”

Syria UPDATE: Obama calls on Assad to resign; Russia to block UN Resolution

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

In a joint press conference with the visiting King Abdullah of Jordan, US President Barack Obama enjoined Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to resign.

“Unfortunately, we’re continuing to see unacceptable levels of violence inside that country,” Obama said, referring to the civil unrest and the brutal government response that has left approximately 5,000 people dead since March 2011.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia will veto any United Nations Security Council resolution that approves of military intervention in Syria. Russia, said Lavrov, is prepared to host talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.

King Abdullah of Jordan: ‘Baby steps’ in Talks Between Israel, Palestinians

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

King Abdullah of Jordan, in an interview with the Washington Post, said the Israeli-Palestinian talks he is currently hosting have been “both good and tough,” and a chance for the parties to set the stage for more formal negotiations.

The low-level discussions, coorindated by the Quartet, have yielded three meetings, with another scheduled for January 25.

“I do believe they want a way out, a way to get to [direct] negotiations,” Abdullah said. “We all know the positions in which they have entrenched themselves. However, the intent, I believe, is there — from both sides. It is little baby steps, right at the beginning.”

Israel, Palestinian Officials Meet Again in Jordan

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In the third-round of renewed meetings between Israeli and Palestinian delegates on Saturday evening, the parties reportedly agreed to meet again on January 25.

The “exploratory discussions,” being held under the auspices of King Abdullah, are meant to assist the parties in resuming full peace talks by the Quartet’s deadline of January 26. US officials have indicated that the deadline is not set in stone.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview over the weekend, said the most significant thing to emerge from the recent meetings was a commitment to “have continuing negotiations in order to achieve an agreement.”

“We’re prepared to do that, the Palestinians aren’t,” he continued. “They keep piling on preconditions for the beginning of such negotiations. I think this is a mistake.”

Title: Our Last Best Chance, The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Title: Our Last Best Chance, The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril


Author: King Abdullah II of Jordan


Publisher: Viking


 


 


   Whether this is a memoir or autobiography or whether this book was written as an article of regional diplomacy, King Abdullah does come across in this book as a quite sincere person making a valiant effort at regional diplomacy, who is trying to quell terrorism in the Mideast and raise the social and economic levels of his countrymen.

 

   As should be expected from any Arab leader, we read his viewpoints about the Arab-Israel conflict showing certain prejudice of the Palestinian people, but quite uncharacteristically, Abdullah shows his independence and some even-handedness in not holding Israel entirely responsible for the current situation.

 

   We read of past and current Jordanian-Israeli collaboration on security and economic development platforms, and he tells of his father’s long-time friendship and collaboration with former Israel Prime Minister Rabin, whose funeral led to the first visit by a reigning Jordan king. He also prides himself on collaboration with Israel armed forces personnel in such activities as special forces training and parachute jumps.

 

   Abdullah is very critical of Israel having blockaded the Gaza Strip, to which he lays the blame of the rise of Hamas to fill the internal security vacuum that had been thus created, and which he implies is not merely a detriment and security problem for Israel but for his own kingdom as well.

 

      He appears to be not unsympathetic to the situation of the European Jews who flowed in to Israel following World War II, because they had nowhere else to go, but claims that the former residents – the Palestinians – have suffered and continue to suffer.

 

   Agree or disagree with his views, Abdullah is a Middle East leader who likely will play a key role in the future of the region.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/title-our-last-best-chance-the-pursuit-of-peace-in-a-time-of-peril-2/2011/04/28/

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