Jordan’s King Warns of Summer War

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has warned of a new regional war should an upcoming Arab summit on the Middle East peace process prove futile.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, the Jordanian king said that a meeting of Arab countries will be held in July to discuss the so-called Mideast peace process.

He stressed the importance of the results of the meeting, saying there should be changes by July or war is inevitable.

"If we hit the summer and there’s no active process, there’s a very good chance for conflict – and nobody wins when it comes to that," he added.

"What we’re hoping for is active engagement by the Palestinians with the Americans, the Israelis with the Americans," said Abdullah.

"If we stay at the status quo, others in the region are not sitting idly by. So the chance of conflict is always very high. War would be disastrous for the Israelis, for the Arabs, for all of us," the Jordanian monarch warned.

The US-mediated peace negotiations have been halted due to Israel’s refusal to freeze settlement construction in the occupied territories.

Palestinians have repeatedly called for a clear framework for the talks and a timetable for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and East Jerusalem Al-Quds, which was occupied by Israel in 1967.

They have said, moreover, that they won’t return to the negotiation table without a complete Israeli settlement freeze which Israel has so far refused to do.

(Press TV)
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