King Abdullah of Jordan said Israel keeps finding excuses not to negotiate with the Palestinian leadership and suggested the region may face another war or intifada if Israel doesn’t more fully engage in peace talks.
“I wish that our Israeli colleagues would, you know, pick one argument and bloody well stick to it,” Abdullah said on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” on Sunday
He criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for ruling out negotiations with a recently unified Palestinian leadership that includes the militant Islamic group Hamas, after previously refusing to negotiate because Palestinian leaders were divided.
Abdullah’s comments followed President Barack Obama’s call for a restart of Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiations in a May 19 speech on the uprisings in the Mideast and North Africa. Abdullah called the speech a “defining moment for the Middle East.”