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Jordan's King Abdullah: You can’t parachute over Palestine to make peace with Israel

At the inaugural Al-Monitor/Semafor Middle East Global Summit, King Abdullah II emphasizes the centrality of the Palestinian issue; Iraqi PM Mohammed Shia al-Sudani describes vision for natural gas; and more excerpts and coverage of summit. 
Jordanian King Abdullah II at the Middle East Global Summit on Sept. 20, 2023. (Al-Monitor/Yvonne Tnt)

King Abdullah: 'New horizon' depends on resolution of Palestinian issue 

King Abdullah II of Jordan, speaking at the first Al-Monitor-Semafor Global Summit Sept. 20, said that the possibility of normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia could offer a “new horizon” for the region, but “part of the challenge is with the Israeli government.” 

“This belief, by some in the region, that you can parachute over Palestine, deal with the Arabs and work your way back — that does not work,” said King Abdullah, who was the keynote speaker at the summit. “And even those countries that have Abraham Accords with Israel have difficulty moving publicly on those issues when Israelis and Palestinians are dying. So unless we solve this problem, there will never be a true peace.” 

… and dealing with 'two elephants in the room'

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