Abdullah: Jordan ‘last man standing’ for Israel


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II said he would stand by his country’s peace treaty with Israel, although he expressed doubts about the Egypt-Israel peace.

"You have seen what has happened in Egypt [and] Turkey," Abdullah told The Washington Post in an interview this week, referring to Israel’s deteriorating relations with both countries, particularly since the overthrow earlier this year of the Mubarak regime in Egypt. "We are actually the last man standing with our relationship with Israel."

The king expressed doubts about the viability of Israel-Egypt peace in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak’s removal, describing the prospect of an Egyptian abrogation of the peace treaty as a "very, very strong possibility."

Abdullah said he would stand by the peace with Israel, and might even take a more active role in the peace process.

"Because of the loss of Egypt’s political leadership, the rest of us are having to step up," he said. "On the Israeli-Palestinian issue, Jordan’s relationship with the Palestinians has had to take a step forward."

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