Jordan's Abdullah: Egypt could break its peace treaty with Israel
In interview with Washington Post, King says Jordan is effectively 'the last man standing' with Israel ties in Mideast, saying the Arab Spring is a 'disaster' for Israel.
Egypt could break its peace treaty with Israel amid recent Mideast turmoil, Jordanian King Abdullah II said in an interview earlier this week, saying that his country was effectively the "last man standing" in maintaining ties with Jerusalem.
The remarks, made during an interview with the Washington Post on Monday, came amid recent criticism by the Jordanian leader regarding Israel's conduct in peace talks with the Palestinians, saying he was "very pessimistic" as to the chances on ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In a further interview he gave to CNN last week, Abdullah also said that a lack of American support of attempts to resume negotiations could leave "a vacuum," adding that "whenever there is a status quo, there’s usually a war."
However, in an interview with the Washington Post, Abdullah also referred to the possible effects or recent Mideast turmoil on Israel's long-standing peace treaty with Egypt.
Asked on whether or not he felt Egypt could break the treaty, the Jordanian king said: "That is a very, very strong possibility," adding that Jordan will continue to maintain its treaty with Israel because it "helps both parties."
Referring to the Arab Spring's effect on Israel, Abdullah said: "It is a disaster."
"You have seen what has happened in Egypt; you have seen Turkey. We are actually the last man standing with our relationship with Israel. That puts tremendous pressure on Jordan," he added.
When asked whether or not his recent criticism should be construed as hostility toward Israel, the Jordanian king said that what he is "saying is they are missing an opportunity here and I am very concerned."
"This is the most frustrated I have ever been about the peace process. I think a lot of us have come to the conclusion that this particular [Israeli] government is not interested in a two-state solution," he added.