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King Abdullah II: 'No alternative to two-state solution'

Sept. 26, 2018 1:24 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 28, 2018 3:16 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Jordanian King Abdullah II told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday that only a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of the future State of Palestine could produce comprehensive peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

Abdullah II's 12-minute speech followed shortly after the United States President Donald Trump's speech, during which he made remarks in defiance of what appears to be a shift in US policy away from the two-state solution to the decades-long conflict.

He stressed "Only a two-state solution based on international law and relevant UN resolutions can meet the needs of both sides: an end to conflict, a viable, independent, sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, and a secure Israel, fully part of its own region, recognized by Arab and Muslim states around the world."

"Arab and Muslim countries are committed to a comprehensive peace; the Arab Peace Initiative has been on offer for more than 16 years," he added.

He also emphasized the mutual repercussions of the ongoing conflict for both Palestinians and Israelis and asserted that the status quo of "continuing crisis and bigotry" only perpetuates a situation in which Palestinians are "displaced for generations" and in which Israelis are compelled to live in "continuing national self-isolation; without the security of peaceful relationships worldwide."

Abdullah II rejected the notion of a bi-national state "whose very foundation is a rejection of the equality of its own people" and that any peace accord based on a bi-national state, would "constitute the ugly, undemocratic reality."

"It is by no means an alternative to a two-state peace settlement, it is an abandonment of peace, a new way to go AWOL from the work of reconciliation, and the opposite of what both sides need, and have sought for so long."

Abdullah II went on to focus on the issue of Jerusalem and declared that Jordan is proud to counter any attempts to change the holy city’s historic Arab, Christian, and Muslim identity," he continued "but Jerusalem's future isn’t Jordan’s concern alone, it is yours (UNGA's)."

The remark was made in reference to Trump's decision last December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Trump even mentioned the move in his speech to the UNGA by calling it a "significant step forward in the Middle East."

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