Jordan's king tells Israel, Palestinians to seize peace moment

Jordan's King Abdullah II told Israel and Palestinians Sunday that the moment must be seized to press ahead in peacemaking, even as the dire situation in the Gaza Strip deteriorates even further. Abdullah made the remarks to European Union ambassadors in Jordan in the wake of Israeli ground and air offensive against rocket attacks from Gaza. Since last Tuesday, more than 35 Gazans have been killed, including a son of Mahmoud Zahar, the most senior Hamas leader in Gaza. The Jordanian king condemned what he called Israel's "military violations" in Gaza but did not specify the killing of Hamas gunmen, with whom moderate Jordan has frosty relations. "There's a need to take every opportunity in the coming weeks and months to achieve tangible progress in the peace process through which Palestinians and Israelis must meet their obligations," Abdullah told the European envoys.