Monday, May 11, 2009

Peace or war in the Middle East? What's new?

The King of Jordan is suggesting that the latest "make or break" talks to solve the Middle East crisis will be the last.

King Abdullah II told The Times. Failure to reach agreement at this critical juncture would draw the world into a new Middle East war next year. “If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12-18 months,” the King said.

“What we are talking about is not Israelis and Palestinians sitting at the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese,” said the King, who hatched the plan with Mr Obama in Washington last month. He added that, if Mr Obama did not make good his promise for peace, then his credibility would evaporate overnight.

Obama has credibility? If that wasn't shocking enough the next bit from the Telegraph is even more so.

The Israeli Government has so far rejected any moves that would lead to a two-state solution, the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel.....

Is that true? I don't believe it is. The Israeli government has never been adverse to the idea of a two state solution - isn't that one of the reasons they pulled out of Gaza? - it's just been unhappy with the idea of one of those states having the expressed intent of destroying Israel. To me that seems quite understandable.

[T]he King insisted that what was being proposed was a “57-state solution”, whereby the Arab and entire Muslim world would recognise the Jewish state as part of the deal.

Yeah - well good luck with that one, your Highness. Trouble is - even if you get that agreement from the Heinz (57) states there are all the non-state actors and various proxy armies to deal with who will never ever accept Israel's right to exist.

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