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May 9, 2006
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Jordan’s king said time is running out for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. “Everyone has to remember that the time available to us for a peaceful settlement is around two years, and I fear if this short time is over and we don’t reach a settlement, that there will be nothing left for the Palestinians to negotiate over,” King Abdullah said Sunday in an interview with Al-Arabiya television. Abdullah voiced concern over Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to annex some West Bank settlements in the absence of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. But he also urged the new P.A. government under Hamas to abandon its hard line against the Jewish state. “We hope our Palestinian brothers, and especially our brothers in Hamas, deal with everything that relates to the Palestinians’ cause with complete realism,” he said.

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