King Abdullah II blasts IDF operations in Gaza

Jordan's King Abdullah II strongly condemned Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, a royal palace statement said on Friday. Abdullah stressed that ending the cycle of violence and a return to the negotiating table was the only way achieve peace in the region and resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The king told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a telephone conversation that he will do his utmost to urge both sides to revive the peace process and spare the region from additional tension and instability. The statement said that the monarch instructed his government to intensify its contacts with the international community with the aim of ending the Israeli attacks so as to contain the situation and end the suffering of the Palestinian people.