Jordan's king urges Israel to rebuild confidence with Palestinians

Jordan's King Abdullah warned Sunday it was imperative to achieve success at an upcoming international peace conference. He urged Israel to take steps to rebuild confidence with Palestinians, including helping to improve their living conditions, ahead of the meeting. "There must also be support for the Palestinian Authority's efforts to improve the economic conditions of the Palestinian people and to bolster its national institutions," Abdullah told a visiting delegation from the Washington-based Brookings Institution. "The political leaders must understand that people themselves will pay the price, should the negotiations fail," he warned, according to a palace statement.