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September 16, 2003
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King Abdullah II of Jordan blames both Yasser Arafat and Israel for the current impasse in the U.S.-backed “road map” for peace. In an interview Monday on NBC’s “Today” show, Abdullah said he still sees hope for the road map, but said Israel and the Palestinian Authority president were responsible for the resignation of P.A. Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. Nonetheless, Abdullah opposes any plans to remove Arafat from power. “It sets a very dangerous precedent to either expel President Arafat or, God forsake, assassinate him.”

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