Jordan's King Abdullah Blasts Israel

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AMMAN, Jordan - Jordanian King Abdullah II said Israel's "long-term future is in jeopardy," while its relationship with the Hashemite Kingdom at an "all-bottom low."

"I think the long-term future of Israel is in jeopardy unless we solve our problems," Abdullah said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, for the first time since my father made peace with Israel, our relationship with Israel is at an all-bottom low.

"It hasn't been as bad as it is today and as tense as it is today. The political trust is gone. There is no real economic relationship between Jordan and Israel," he said.

Abdullah blamed Israel rather than the Palestinian Authority for the stalemated peace talks and said the European Union, Russia, China and the United States are all disgusted with Israeli "politics."

"There's been a lot of words but the actions on the ground have made me extremely concerned about how straightforward Israeli policy is," the Jordanian monarch said, adding that he's "probably one of the more optimistic people" in the region.

Abdullah also said Jordan and Syria are growing increasingly closer, and Syrian President Bashar Assad is ready to restart peace talks with Israel but is leery of the Netanyahu government.

"Yes, they are ready to talk, but again I think everyone is still trying to decide what this Israeli government is all about. The rhetoric is positive, but actions on the ground show us something completely different so there is frustration from Syria toward Israel," he said.

At last week's meeting of the Arab League in Libya, Assad told PA President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinians should resume "armed resistance" against Israel.

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