Abdullah: Israeli fortress mentality will leave it isolated

January 14, 2013 17:26


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Jordan's King Abdullah II warned on Monday that Israel's "fortress mentality" would leave it "isolated from the rest of the neighborhood, the "Middle East Online" website reported.

Speaking at a meeting with a delegation from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), he opined that a continued stalemate in Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts would increase tensions in the Middle East and "plunge the region into the unknown.According to the report, he purported that the Arab Spring should spur the Israeli government to "embrace peace" and stop unilateral steps such as settlement activity, which he said placed obstacles in the path of peace.

He urged both sides to accelerate efforts to return to the negotiating table on the basis of a two-state solution according to the 1967 lines, with east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

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