Haaretz: What needs to be done now, in light of the results of the New York summit between Obama, Abbas and Netanyahu? King Abdullah: We must tackle the issue head on within a clear action plan.
That means engagement in serious negotiations that tackle all final status issues, borders, refugees, settlements, Jerusalem, and build on the results of previous negotiations, within the framework of the already agreed terms of reference.
We need to get to the end game: a two-state solution and comprehensive peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbours.
We do not have time to engage in yet another open-ended process that does not achieve results.
There is an opportunity to move forward and I believe that the commitment of President Obama to peace offers all parties a unique opportunity that we all must seize to achieve peace that will ensure security and stability to all of us.
The challenge is to stop looking at short-term solutions that will only get us into more problems.
I think there is much more anger on all sides.
Do we want to see this anger trigger more war and more conflict or do we want to reach peace? The world is changing.
In the European Union as well as the new American administration, there is more courage to stick their necks out to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.
But time has always been overriding.
Haaretz: In few days we will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.
Will it be a happy celebration? King Abdullah: Not as happy as it was when the peace treaty was signed.
Our relationship is getting colder.
There is always discussions and contact between governments and officials.
But what about the people to people peace? The vision of His Late Majesty and Prime Minister Rabin? Let's remember that the peace treaty was signed as part of a process to achieve comprehensive peace.
And the full potential of not just Jordanian-Israeli relations, but the whole region, will not be realized unless comprehensive peace is achieved.
I remember that in his first meetings with me, Prime Minister Barak was talking about getting 30,000 highly educated Jordanians to go work in the high tech sector because we were talking about projects on either side; we were talking about our economies moving forward.
There was still a momentum.
Today for a Jordanian to go into Israel is almost impossible.
We have only about 150,000 Israelis who come and visit us a year and most of these are Israeli Arabs.
Trade is almost non existent, if you take the QIZ (Qualified industrial Zone) out of the picture.
The fifteenth anniversary is a reminder that when there is commitment to respecting the rights of the other, when there is leadership with the courage to make difficult decisions in the interest of the people, peace can be achieved.
But it is also a reminder of the missed opportunities in the absence of regional peace.
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