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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  1. Morgan Hill

    Romney and all his old white rich bedfellows are going to destroy America. They want another war so they can continue to stock pile their millions. He continues to outsource jobs even while running for POTUS. This man is the greediest heartless man. He has destroyed so many families and continues to do so by outsourcing their jobs. Romney is evil and his goal is to spread his evil ways. He has no sense of peace, his way is the evil heartless way.

    July 19, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Should Obama have to return the Peace Prize after killing in Libya, killing with bomb drones, and failing to keep his promise to close Guantanamo? Of course he was stabilizing the OIL reserves in Libya. Sound like Dubya?

    July 19, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  3. lies from obama (and mabye his father)

    For all of you that aren't realLy up to speed on middle east politics(mostly liberal commentators), here is the jist of it. MUSLIMS WANT ISREAL DESTROYED! THEY WANT TO TAKE IT OVER, STOMP ON IT, PUT IT THROUGH THE LAWNMOWER, SPIT ON IT, PUT AROUNG 56 BULLETS INTO ANY JEW IN SIGHT, AND WASH THE COUNTRY ON HOT WHEN THE TAG SAYS DRY CLEAN ONLY! Obama, with his phony peace prize (why did he get one anyway? gandi didn't get one in his lifetime!), would be ill-equipped to handle anything. Heck, he can't get congress to compromise, what makes the King think Obumblescan handle two nations at each other's throats?

    July 19, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
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