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Jordan King Says Two-State Solution Is Needed to Defeat ISIS,But Prospects Are Dim

Allan C. Brownfeld, Editor
Special Interest Report
April 2016

ISIS cannot be defeated until the Israel-Palestine conflict is resolved,  
says Jordan’s King.  
Speaking in February at the Munich Security Conference, King Abdullah II  
said: “Left unresolved, the Palestine-Israel conflict will become a  
religious conflict of global dimension.” He noted that the “festering  
injustice” of the unresolved conflict “continues to be exploited by ISIS and  
its kind … It is only a matter of time before we may be faced by yet another  
war in Gaza or South Lebanon. This is why reaching a two-state solution  
should remain a priority for us all.”  
King Abdullah called for “a new level of global action” focused on defeating  
ISIS: “We, as Arabs and Muslims, have a responsibility and duty to be in the  
lead in the fight against … the outlaws of Islam. This is a war to protect  
our religion, our values, and the future of our people, but it must be  
global in partnership, just as it is global in scale.” (Jewish Telegraphic  
Agency, Feb. 12, 2016)  
With Israel continuing to build settlements in the occupied territories, New  
York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (Feb. 10, 2016) writes that, “The peace  
process is dead. It’s over … The next U.S. president will have to deal with  
an Israel determined to permanently occupy all the territory between the  
Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including where 2.5 million West  
Bank Palestinians live.”  
Asking, “How did we get there? Friedman writes: “So many people stuck knives  
into the peace process it’s hard to know who delivered the mortal blow. Was  
it the fanatical Jewish settlers determined to keep expanding their  
footprint in the West Bank and able to sabotage any Israeli politician or  
army officer who opposed them? Was it right-wing Jewish billionaires like  
Sheldon Adelson, who used their influence to blunt any U.S. congressional  
criticism of Bibi Netanyahu? Or was it Netanyahu, whose lust to hold onto  
his seat of power is only surpassed by his lack of imagination to find a  
secure way to separate from the Palestinians? Bibi won: He’s now a historic  
figure — the founding father of the one-state solution.”  
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said in January that Israel’s fast-  
moving expansion of settlements on Palestinian lands “raises honest  
questions about Israel’s long-term intentions” and commitment to a two-state  
solution. Mr. Shapiro also said that, “Too many attacks on Palestinians lack  
a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli author¬ities, too much  
vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seems to be two standards of  
adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for  
Editorially, The New York Times (Jan. 22, 2016) declared: “The criticism of  
Mr. Shapiro, a vigorous advocate for Israel, was unusually personal and  
unfair. He correctly identified a serious problem. Since 1967, there has  
been a dual legal system in the West Bank in which Palestinians are subject  
to military courts, where, experts say, they are almost always convicted.  
Israeli settlers fall, under the Israeli civilian judicial system, with its  
greater rights and protections. Israel is moving quickly to establish facts  
on the ground that preclude a Palestinian state, leaving Palestinians  
increasingly marginalized and despairing.”  
Ambassador Shapiro was bitterly attacked by both Prime Minister Netanyahu,  
who called his statement “unacceptable and incorrect,”and his former aide,  
Aviv Bushinsky who said on television that, “To put it bluntly, it was a  
statement typical of a little Jew boy.” Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew who  
speaks Hebrew and studied, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem”  
(Mondoweiss, Jan. 21, 2016).  
In Israel, many prominent voices are increasingly critical of the  
government’s policies. The respected author Amos Oz says_ that he will no  
longer participate in official events sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of  
Foreign Affairs. He calls the Netanyahu government “the most militant,  
right-wing government Israel ever had.” He referred to the “Hilltop youth,”  
Jewish settlers who commit attacks on Palestinians in the occupied  
territories, as “Hebrew neo-Nazis … They’re not Nazis, but they have a great  
deal in common with neo-Nazi hooligans all over the world: desecrating  
churches and mosques, synagogues and cemeteries, violently attack¬ing  
foreigners; filled with hatred and xenophobia; aspiring for some despotic  
central regime to replace what they regard as anarchy. These are the  
syndromes of neo-Nazism.” (The Forward, Feb. 5, 2016) •

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