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Jordanian King: I Will Lead Arab World to Accord with Israel--After U.S. Produces Israeli Concessions-or War Will Ensue

3:15 PM, May 11, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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In an interview with TimesOnline on the eve of Bibi Netanyahu's visit to the U.S., Abdullah declares he will act as the peace broker between the Arab states and "Fortress Israel," as he calls it, as long as U.S. pressure forces Israel to agree to the terms of the Arab "peace" proposal: full normalization with the Arabs and the Muslim world beyond in exchange for a complete withdrawal from all the territory recaptured (he would call it "conquered") during the Six-Day War, including East Jerusalem; creation of a Palestinian state (reaching a final status by sailing over the steps in between, in other words); and a "just solution" to the Palestinian refugee issue (or the "right of return"):

More countries recognise North Korea than Israel [amazingly sad but true]. That is a very strong statement when we are offering a third of the world to meet them with open arms. The future is not the Jordan river or the Golan Heights or Sinai, the future is Morocco in the Atlantic to Indonesia in the Pacific. I think that's the prize. . . . Here is one final opportunity. If the only player in this equation between the West, the Arabs and the Muslims that is not being helpful and is against peace is Israel, then let's call it for what it is. Let Israel understand that the world sees Israeli policy for what it is. . . . If we delay our peace negotiations, then there's going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12 to 18 months - as sure as the other conflicts happened.

A third of the world with open arms is a hell of an offer for a girl like Israel, King Abdullah. Especially when the alternative is war. But can you deliver? Remember Doha? Where just a couple of months ago 17 Arab nations-minus the boycotting Egypt-met and agreed on . . . supporting the slaughterer Omar Bashir of Sudan?

Charles Krauthammer says

The Palestinians already have a state, an independent territory with not an Israeli settler or soldier living on it. It's called Gaza. And what is it? A terror base, Islamist in nature, Iranian-allied, militant and aggressive, that has fired more than 10,000 rockets and mortars at Israeli civilians.

I would add they have another state, and it's called Jordan, though the king of Jordan père did his utmost to rid himself of this troublesome people in September 1970.