Peres, King Abdullah II discuss Hamas victory

The sweeping victory of the Palestinian Hamas movement topped Jordan's King Abdullah II's talks with visiting Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres on Thursday. The official Petra news agency said Abdullah and Peres discussed the fate of middle east peacemaking in light of the results of the Palestinian elections, but did not refer to Hamas or the repercussions of its victory on the peace process. Peres, who arrived in Jordan earlier Thursday, also discussed a project to draw water to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where water levels have been receding partly because of evaporation, Petra said. It did not provide other details. Abdullah urged the Palestinians and the Israelis to return to the negotiation table, saying the next two years will be decisive for the Palestinian issue.