Jordan's King Abdullah warns the European Parliament against one-state
and says failure to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict endangers
A one-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would only
perpetuate violence between the two peoples, Jordan’s King Abdullah
warned, as he addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg on
“What if the world gives up on the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?” he asked.
Abdullah answered his own question by stating that no less than world peace depends on the outcome of this conflict.
“I will say it again and again. A more peaceful world is not possible
without a stable Middle East, and a stable Middle East is not possible
without peace between the Palestinians and Israelis,” Abdullah said to
He described the dangers of a one-state resolution where the one state
would be “propped up by structural inequalities, with Palestinians as
“One state turning its back on its neighborhood, perpetuating divisions among peoples and faiths worldwide,” Abdullah said.
Five years ago, Abdullah said, he had similarly addressed the parliament
about the dangers of conflict, and in the interim the situation has
“Violence continues, settlement continues [and] disregard for international law continues,” he said.
Abdullah also speculated about the failure to deal with the status of Jerusalem to the satisfaction of all parties.
“What if Jerusalem, a city that is close to my heart personally and of
great historic significance, remains disputed? Can we afford to rob
Christians and Muslims alike of the spirituality, peace and coexistence
that this city symbolizes, and instead allow it to descend into
political conflict?” Abdullah asked.
He spoke just as speculation is high that US President Donald Trump will
finally release his long-awaited peace plan, known as the “Deal of the
Century.” It is presumed that the plan will not include the traditional
presumption of a two-state solution at the pre-1967 lines. Both Abdullah
and the EU embrace a resolution based on the pre-1967 lines.
Separately, Abdullah spoke about the heightened tensions between Iran
and the United States in the aftermath of the American assassination of
top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani earlier this month.
He said, “What if next time neither side steps away from the brink,
dragging us all toward untold chaos. An all-out war jeopardizes the
stability of the entire region. Once more it risks massive disruptions
of the entire global economy, including markets, [and] threatens a
resurgence of terrorism across the world.”
Abdullah has been outspoken this week about the dangers facing his
region. While in Brussels, he spoke with EU and NATO officials. At the
parliament, he pondered the impact of an ISIS resurgence.
“What if we see a reemergence of ISIS, and Syria becomes a staging
ground for attacks against the rest of the world? Syria may be out of
the headlines... but the crisis is far from over. Over the past nine
months more than half a million people have been displaced, many of them
already refugees. Do any of us want to see another Syrian refugee
crisis unfold or another innocent child washed up upon your shores?”
Abdullah said. “I know I speak for everyone here when I say, absolutely
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