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In an interview published over the weekend, Jordan's King Abdullah claimed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's views on the establishment of a Palestinian state are more forthcoming than his public statements.
"He sent a message that he's committed to peace with the Arabs. All the words I heard were the right words," Abdullah was quoted as saying by the Washington Post on Friday.
According to the report, Jordan's king said that Netanyahu had recently sent a private emissary to Amman.
Abdullah was not willing to state whether Netanyahu might be willing to discuss the creation of a Palestinian state, but reportedly said that while he didn't want to get the prime minister "in trouble," the message received by the Jordanian monarch was "all positive."
Abdullah called on Netanyahu to support the Arab peace initiative, endorsed in 2002 by the 22 members of the Arab League, which calls for Israel to return to the pre-1967 borders.
If Netanyahu agrees to this two-state solution, "the prize for Israel is 57 states," he said, arguing that the establishment of a Palestinian state would bring acceptance by all nations that refuse to recognize Israel's existence.
The Jordanian king went on to say that his regional approach was "the best way of guaranteeing the long-term security of Israel."