Jordan's Abdullah: Peace Now or War

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AMMON, Jordan - Jordanian King Abdullah put the onus for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict squarely on the shoulders of U.S. President Barack Obama, according to the London-based Arabic-language paper, The Times.

"All eyes will be looking to Washington," the Hashemite Kingdom's monarch said in the interview with The Times.

"If there are no clear signals and no clear directives to all of us, there will be a feeling that this is just another American government that is going to let us all down," Abdullah said.

"If the call is in May that this is not the right time or we are not interested, then the world is going to be sucked into another conflict in the Middle East," he predicted.

According to The Times, Abdullah and Obama worked out the details of the plan in their meeting at the White House in April.

Abdullah was less than generous in his personal assessment of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, describing his meeting with him 10 years ago as the "least pleasant."

Continuing along the same lines, Abdullah warned that Obama's credibility is on the line with the way in which he directs the Israeli government. 

"If there is procrastination by Israel on the two-state solution or there is no clear American vision for how this is going to play out in 2009, then all the tremendous credibility that Obama has worldwide and in this region will evaporate overnight if nothing comes out in May," he warned.

"What we are talking about is not Israelis and Palestinians sitting at the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese," he said.

In exchange for retreating to pre-1967 armistice lines, Abdullah said Israel would gain a "57-state solution" with recognition of its right to exist by Arab League member nations, albeit not as a Jewish state.

Abdullah will meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday in Damascus to discuss reaching an agreement with Israel based on the Saudi-initiated Arab peace plan, which calls for Israel to cede the Golan Heights, a stipulation that's a non-starter for Israel.

Sources: YNet News, The Times

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