By Vic Rosenthal
From YNet (AP):
Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Friday that Israel must choose between the mentality of “Israel the fortress” or “living in peace and security with its neighbors.”
Abdullah said that he realized that Washington was preoccupied with Iraq, and said Jordan too wanted to see reconciliation and stability in Iraq.
But, the king added, “The principle [sic] problem in the region is the Palestinian issue and, if it is not solved, it will be impossible to solve the other problems.”
Is this the best he can do? Recycle the same tired, old rubbish?
The King is on his way to Washington, where he will no doubt speak similar wisdom to the US Congress. He is also expected to push for the worthless Arab Peace Initiative, (which I’ve discussed ad nauseum).
Of course, nothing having to do with Israel and the Palestinians can affect Iraq. But the hidden subtext is “Give us Israel and we’ll make it easy on you in Iraq.”
The future of Iraq, however, will be determined by the balance of interests of the major powers in the region, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. This will be the case whether or not the United States betrays Israel.
But they will do their best to wring the maximum out of the US until the game is entirely over. Ahmadinijad and the king of Saudi Arabia are probably discussing this right now. The US would be well advised to consider its true interests in the region and continue to support the one country that will be her steadfast ally, Israel.