Jordan's Abdullah: Mideast Threatened by Extremists From Both Islam and Zionism

Jordan's resources are strained, the king says, by the large numbers of refugees from Syria, who have crossed the border to avoid the country's civil war.

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A Syrian refugee family walks towards the new Syrian camp of Azraq, which stretches for 15 Km, and lies 90 Km from the Syrian border in Jordan, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.Credit: AP

Jordan's King Abdullah said Islam is facing a civil war between moderates and extremists, but Arabs and Muslims "have not realized how serious the situation is."

Speaking to Jordanian legislators, the king also said that both Islam and Zionism have extreme wings and "stakeholders should acknowledge there is extremism in all camps."

“All world countries are in a state of war between moderation [and] extremism,” he said. He said he saw "no grey area" in the fight against extremism.

Quoted by the Jordan Times, Abdullah, who has led the country since February 1999, said the war on terrorism “would not take one or two years. If the military battle takes a brief time, the security and ideological war might extend to 10 or 15 years."

Jordan is one of the Arab states participating with the U.S. in air strikes against Islamic State, the group that is trying to form a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Domestically, poverty and unemployment are top economic priorities, the king said. Jordan's resources in the center and north of the country are being strained, however, by the large numbers of refugees from Syria, who have crossed the border to avoid the country's civil war.

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