Second term Obama more likely to jump into peace process, Jordan's king says
July 18th, 2012
04:55 PM ET
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Second term Obama more likely to jump into peace process, Jordan's king says

(CNN) – The delicate process of negotiating peace between Israelis and Palestinians is more likely to be taken on by President Barack Obama in his second term than Mitt Romney in his first term, Jordan's King Abdullah II said Wednesday.

Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, King Abdullah said the political reality was that a president without the worry of re-election was better poised to tackle the peace process.

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"Well obviously there's always going to be a difference between a first term president and a second term president in dealing with this core issue," King Abdullah said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "A second term president is going to be in a much more comfortable position in dealing with the Middle East peace process. Obviously a first term president will tend to be less willing to take on such a difficulty political issue, especially in the first term of his presidency."

Obama himself acknowledged in an interview last week that brokering peace in the Middle East was a goal that has thus far evaded him.

"I have not been able to move the peace process forward in the Middle East the way I wanted," Obama told CNN affiliate WJLA.

He continued, "It's something we focused on very early, but the truth of the matter is that the parties, ultimately, they've got to want it as well. So we've got a lot of work to do."

Romney, who has used tough language when describing Obama's record on Israel, addressed the ongoing peace process at a CNN sponsored presidential debate in January, including the two state solution that would result in an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

"There are some people who say, should we have a two-state solution? And the Israelis would be happy to have a two-state solution. It's the Palestinians who don't want a two-state solution. They want to eliminate the state of Israel," Romney said. The debate was held in the heat of the GOP primaries.

Romney continued: "The best way to have peace in the Middle East is not for us to vacillate and to appease, but is to say, 'We stand with our friend Israel. We are committed to a Jewish state in Israel. We will not have an inch of difference between ourselves and our ally, Israel.'"

King Abdullah said Wednesday he, along with other major players in Middle Eastern diplomacy, were accustomed to the American political cycles that ultimately impact how willing a president is to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

"That is something that we have gotten used to dealing with over so many decades," Jordan's ruler said.

Romney, King Abdullah said, was fully aware that the Israel-Palestine peace process remained the central issue in the region.

"He came to visit me almost a year ago, and we had a discussion about the challenges the peace process," King Abdullah said. "He understands that with the Arab Spring and all of the other issues that we have, the core issue still is the peace process, the two state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians."

Romney is set to visit Israel at the end of July as part of an overseas tour that will also include a trip to the 2012 London Olympics. King Abdullah said that trip would "bring him up to speed on the ongoing negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians."

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soundoff (28 Responses)

    The poor king is drinking too much. Sorry King Abdullah, Obama only knows how to kill with drones. Obama negotiating anything with anybody has not been seen in 4 years. While everybody wants to know how much more Obama will sell the USA out to the Russians given more "flexibility" in his second term, the American people are going to cut their losses and flush Obama in November.

    July 18, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens will benefit if he can get another war going.

    July 18, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |

    Good,peace must be a bad thing for republican bottom line especially romney and chenny !!@

    July 18, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. 2020

    The Nobel committee made a brilliant judgement call nominated a couragous talented President elected 2008 of Peace Prize.

    Since, President Obama wind down two wars, support Abrab Spring movement, and at home, dealt with INEQULITY against women, gay, workers who lost jobs to offshoring.

    Just watch, this President delivers wonders. Enhanced Humanity is in his DNA.

    July 18, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. tellin it like it is

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Obama hasn't been able to figure out how our economy works and create jobs in 4 years and this guy thinks he can solve the problems of the middle east?!! I can see it now... Obama demands that Israelis share the country and pay their fair share to support the Palestinians!! hahahahaha.... yeah, one size fits all Obama problem solving in action!!

    July 18, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    King Abdullah is correct, Obama would be in a more comfortable position if he wins a 2nd term to worry about the peace between Israel and Palestine. Who cares that we have millions of Americans unemployed, a severe drought, food prices going up, retail sales are down, the economy stinks, gas prices are going up again, etc.........But hey, if Obama is comfortable realizing his dream of moving the peace process forward than who cares what happens to our country. Right???? another day of not paying bills, not having money, having to take cash from your retirement savings shouldn't be too bad.

    July 18, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Romney and his Republican WAR buddies would love to create another war. Romney should keep his big mouth shut and go back to Wallstreet where he belongs.Romney isn't capable of solving problems in the Mid-East at anytime now or in the future.President Obama is doing just fine and it needs to stay that way.

    July 18, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Having seen the antics the Obama Administration pulls when reelection IS an issue, I do not want to see what they would do in a second term. One thing is clear though, Obama would go even more hard core liberal and do whatever he could towards a liberal agenda regardless of what American voters want. It is not at all what our nation needs going forward. Romney 2012.

    July 18, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    this guy thinks that ROMNEY a REPUBLICAN is all about peace? Boy does he have it all backwards!!

    July 18, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Hussein Obama the communist

    Second term Obama more likely to jump the country into FULL BLOWN COMMUNISM.

    July 18, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Just watch, this President delivers wonders. Enhanced Humanity is in his DNA.

    The only wonders Obama wants to deliver to us is government controls all and we obey.

    July 18, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Mitt Romney / Sheldon Adelson

    Both of these men will make the world a better safer place , both men of God , Mormon and Jew , working for a more rewarding future for all man kind .

    We will all live in the bright shiny city nestled between the hells , " VIVA LAS VEGAS "

    Obama has no idea of how much a piece of Peace cost's.

    July 18, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Ins1te

    I wouldn't trust Romney knowing Cheney is working in his corner. This is the same VP who said deficits don't matter. The wars they started that had no exit strategy is what got us into this mess.

    July 18, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. In It To Win It "2012" Obama

    whts funny is everyone has an opinion..! Im in the real world, real facts and Im going on who"s helpin some things work for me to be able to feed my child, and wht Ive notice is repub"s blocking every bill that could help me from being home but back to its abt surviring for my family ...! dont care or listen to wht could happen..Repubs really makin this easy for me in my voting...!

    July 18, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. mullah omar

    hussein obama fires peace every day from drones and hellfire missiles. make peace with missiles huh? usa not the only ones with missiles.

    July 18, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. s.positive

    President Obama WINS re-election (Nov 2012)

    July 18, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The question has always been asked "if Israel started a war, would the U.S. jump in to support it" and it looks like according to Romney he would never get the facts, he'd justify it under any circumstances just because Israel is an ally. To anyone with good common sense surely wouldn't want Romney's finger anywhere near a call to war button, we've already seen that with GWB. We don't use our military men and women just to prove a political point.

    July 18, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. stephen

    well romoney will be to busy out- sourcing america

    July 18, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. Thinker23

    Neither Obama nor anyone else will succeed in this enterprise for as long as the Palestinians DO NOT WANT peace. One state can initiate and maintain a war but BOTH sides are necessary to make peace. As long as the Palestinians are willing the war to continue it will continue no matter how far and how high will Obama jump.

    July 18, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. CRAIG

    There will never be peace between Israel & Palestine.

    July 18, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Bill in Florida

    King Abdullah is an amazingly smart man. No US politician who can still run for office dares offend AIPAC and tell Netanyahu to QUIT BUILDING SETTLEMENTS IN PALESTINE. There can be no peace process so long as Israel continues to illegally claim Palestinian land as its own.

    July 18, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't really know what Romney would do. He claims that he would be a better ally to Israel. Sometimes friends need to tell each other the hard truth.

    July 18, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Four and The Door

    ...President Obama is doing just fine and it needs to stay that way.
    If Obama has any aspiration of reelection, the last thing he will dwell on in the campaign is how he is currently doing. Results are not his strong suit. I recommend he stick with excuses and pointing fingers backwards and sideways and hope something sticks with enough stupid voters. Obama is not doing fine and neither is America. We are better than this. Romney 2012.

    July 18, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Peace is better than war. Unless you have scads of money invested in the industrial war machine corporations. Just another way to make money from the misery of others. Right Dick, Donald and many other repub's

    July 19, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    For sure war threats to Iran, keeping the escalated level of the war on terror going = not a sinlge Islamic or muslim state will let get even round the negotiating table because Romney is 1) an infidel 2) proposing war on an Islamic state ( Iran) = guarantees the continuation and extension of JIHAD and into more international arenas. He is very quiet about the key two issues of a palestinaian Israeli resolution of conflict I.e two state solution and what about the settlements?
    If I were a palestinian listening to him ( Romney) I would not want such a biased person acting as head of a nation or nations seeking a peace settlement.... too biased towards Israel from the start. The latter true of any American government in the last 20 years, or more.

    July 19, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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