Re: regional politics – now this is the silliest argument I've seen in a long time
“Iran may give up nukes if Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolved,” attributed to King Abdullah of Jordan.
Maybe it is an incorrect quote of what he really said. If anyone has another source for the quote, I’d be interested in seeing it.
While I’m sure King Abdullah is keen for the peace process to continue between Israel and the Palestinians, I can’t imagine he believes that resolving the Palestinian issue would also resolve all other regional threats to peace and instability. Perhaps I don’t see the connection between Iran and the Palestinian issue. I know Hamas has ties to Iran, but Hamas doesn’t represent the majority of Palestinians. Iran is using Hamas locally. If it isn’t Hamas, then it’s Hezbollah. I have no doubt that the majority of Arab states, including Jordan, are very nervous about Iran’s growing capability of being a military threat throughout the region.
For the sake of argument, let’s say that Israel and Abbas agree to a division of Jerusalem. How would this change Iran’s position vis-à-vis the rest of the Arab world? Would Hezbollah suddenly discover its peaceful side, and completely forget the sword?