King Abdullah II, who is far more dependent on Israel than his own army to ensure the security of his borders, nevertheless sees fit to interfere in the Jewish state's politics once in a while.
Well, you can't really blame him. After all, 75% of his population isn't Jordanian, or to more correct, Hashemite. They are so-called Palestinians and even though one of their own is now his queeen, they are still a suspect population in the eyes of minority. One cannot be too offended if, once in a while, he follows in his father's footsteps and makes token calls for the creation of a terrorist state in Yehuda and Shomron (there's already one in 'Aza).
But his more recent statement on the issue beggars belief:
Solving the core issue of the Israeli-Palestinian "problem" and that of Jerusalem will solve all the problems in the region, Jordan's King Abdullah said.
Abdullah, on Sunday's "Meet The Press," also said the United States must take a strong role in peace talks.
"The only way that we're going to be able to solve this problem -- if it's left to the players, the Israelis and Palestinians by themselves, we're not going to get anywhere," the king said. "It can only happen if there is an American umbrella with a determined American president that is going to get the Israelis and Palestinians to sit on the table because both sides historically have always come up with an excuse why not to go the last mile. And I believe that Obama understands how much this resonates."
Abdullah also said that solving the Israeli-Palestinian problem would be the best way for the United States to persuade Iran to back off its nuclear program.
He added that Israel's neighbors in the region are concerned that Israel could attack Iran, though they do not fear an attack by the United States.
"The rogue question would be what Israel would do," Abdullah said. "And therefore, I think it is an imperative over the next month or two to start negotiations because I think any military strike against Iran would be extremely counterproductive and I, I don't see the outcome of that.
"OK, you hit Iran. What happens then? And it's the not knowing, I think, creates a lot of fears with all of us around the world."
Hmmm. All the problems in the region, eh? Does he not realize that other than Iran there are lots of other problems in the region? For example, how will emasculating Israel solve the following:
1) 99% of Egypt's wealth is controlled by 1% of the population while the remainder lives in dire poverty. Fanatic Islamofascist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood are growing in power because of this. Only the secular military is preventing total social upheaval. How will giving Abbas a toy kingdom change this?
2) Hezbollah was created to get Israel out of Lebanon. Okay, they're out but Hezbollah is still there and now trying to take over the country to bring it under Iran's control. How will a peace agreement change this?
3) Forget the rest of the politics. What about environmental degradation, air pollution and the scarcity of fresh water?
Given the Arabs a 23rd state to use as a launchpad for attacks against Israel won't solve any real problems. Abdullah will be even more shocked when it exacerbates his own.