'Israel must surrender to Arabs or face war'

Monday, April 27, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Jordan's King Abdullah appeared to threaten Israel with war in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" program on Sunday.

Abdullah, widely regarded as by far the most moderate of Arab leaders, said that if Israel is not pressured to meet Arab land-for-peace demands it will face war within 18 months.

Abdullah did not reveal how he could so precisely predict when the next Arab-Israeli war would erupt, but earlier in the day he used that knowledge to urge US President Barack Obama to put heavy pressure on Israel to surrender to Arab demands.

Abdullah, like Obama, wants to make a Saudi peace initiative that requires a full Israeli withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders, including in Jerusalem, the basis for regional peace.

Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas also chimed in on Sunday, telling Jordanian television that the next play in the peace process belongs to Obama, and he hopes the Americans will finally apply the kind of pressure the Arabs want on Israel.

"The ball is in America's court," said Abbas. "[The US] needs to ask itself if it wants peace, or to continue with the status quo."

In related news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised a few people in the region on Sunday told ABC news that he would accept the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if the Palestinians if that is the will of the Palestinians.

What was left out of the report was the fact that the Palestinians pay lip service to the two-state solution, but reject Israeli conditions for peace - such as recognizing Israel as the Jewish state - and have introduced their own unacceptable conditions - such as the right to flood Israel with so called "Palestinian refugees."

The report also failed to note that since its inception under Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority has not tried very hard to hide the fact that the total destruction of Israel remains a long-term goal.

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