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Future generations will look back on this
period and judge the decisions that are being made, said King Abdullah II following a meeting with Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog in Amman on Tuesday.
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This, said the king, is "the moment of a historic
opportunity...and it should not be missed."
"We must make all possible efforts to move towards peace through the direct talks," he added.
King Abdullah and Herzog discussed how to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians
, following a meeting
between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, US envoy George Mitchell and the king on the subject on Sunday.
After that meeting, Abbas told reporters in Amman that despite serious issues blighting the peace talks, he would continue to "search for solutions."
Last month the Jordanian leader praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for their seriousness at
trying to arrive at a peace agreement.
A spokesman for Abbas on Tuesday expressed pessimism about the continuation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, blaming Israel's refusal to halt building in West Bank settlements for the impasse in negotiations.
Nabil Abu Rudineh, speaking after a meeting between Abbas and Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, added that the Egyptians agreed with
the Palestinian viewpoint that the peace talks cannot resume as long as
Israel continues building in the settlements.
The presidential spokesman stated that the Palestinians have heard no
news from the US about a potential compromise that would allow for the
two sides to return to the negotiating table.