Jordan’s King Abdullah II said he will urge the Obama administration next week to impose on Israel the terms and timeline for new peace talks with the Palestinians, as concerns mount inside his government that the stalled dialogue could fuel a new round of violence in the Middle East that targets moderate Arab states. Jordan’s leader also delivered in an interview Monday with The Wall Street Journal a rebuke of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, charging that his policy of building homes for Jewish families in East Jerusalem has pushed Jordanian-Israeli relations to their lowest point since a 1994 peace treaty. King Abdullah said he and other moderate Arab leaders are increasingly doubtful that Netanyahu is capable of making the concessions needed to create an independent Palestinian state — requiring a direct intervention by U.S. President Barack Obama. Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab states to conclude peace treaties with Israel. (Wall Street Journal)

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