Islamic State is exploiting Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Jordanian King
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In an address to the global security conference in Munich on Friday, Jordan's King Abdullah II charged that the continued conflict between Israel and the Palestinians only served to fuel the drive of extremist groups like the Islamic State and warned that it could become a global religious conflict, said the Israeli news site the Times of Israel.
“[T]he community of nations cannot talk about universal rights and global justice, but continue to deny statehood to Palestinians!” Abdullah said.
“This failure has created a festering injustice, and continues to be exploited by Daesh and its kind,” he said using the Arabic acronym for IS. “Left unresolved, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will become a religious conflict of a global dimension. And it is only a matter of time before we may be faced by yet another war in Gaza or in South Lebanon.
“This is why reaching a two-state solution should remain a priority for us all,” he added.
He continued to urge the nations of the world to come together to combat the Islamic State and called the fight against Islamist extremists a “third world war by other means,” said the Times of Israel.
Israel's minister of defense Moshe Ya'alon also met with King Abdullah on the sidelines of the Munich conference.
The two discussed bilateral relations between Israel and Jordan, developments in the region, and prospects for promoting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
Lavrov urges Israel to re-examine the Arab peace initiative
Separately, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met with Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni on the sidelines of the security conference, calling on Israel to re-examine the Arab peace initiative and re-ignite stalled negotiations with the Palestinians, i24NEWS' diplomatic correspondent Tal Shalev reported.
Lavrov said that he understands Israel's need to combat terrorism, but said that the stalemate in negotiations is not sustainable and Israel must take steps towards a two-state solution.
According to Shalev, Lavrov told Livni, Zionist Union lawmaker and former foreign minister of Israel, that Israel should seriously examine the Arab peace initiative, as it could lead to a change in the Muslim world.
The Arab peace initiative was proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002 and backed by the Arab League as a plan for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
In May 2015, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged that there were positive aspects of the peace proposal put forward by the late Saudi King Abdullah, in which Israel would receive recognition from 22 Arab states in return for an independent state for the Palestinians, but the proposal was ultimately not accepted, said Shalev.
Livni expressed concern over the transfer of Russian weaponry to Hezbollah via its allies in Syria, to which Lavrov responded that Russia was handling the issue and making efforts to prevent such transfers from occurring.
Middle East Quartet to formulate West Bank report
During a meeting at the Munich conference, the Middle East Quartet decided to formulate a report on the situation in the West Bank, the Israeli daily Haaretz reports.
The delegation is formed by representatives from the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.
According to Haaretz, a statement issued followed the meeting said that the report would include proposals to deescalate violence, and advance a two-state solution.
"The Quartet reaffirms its commitment to act in coordination with key stakeholders, including regional countries and the UN Security Council, to stabilize the situation and to actively support a just, comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," the statement said, adding that "in that regard, the Quartet will prepare a report on the situation on the ground, including recommendations that can help inform international discussions on the best way to advance the two-state solution."
“The continued absence of such steps was leading to further deterioration, to the detriment of both Israelis and Palestinians,” it continued.
The representative in the Quartet asserted their alarm over attacks on civilians and condemned all acts of terror, however, they also highlighted the damage that settlement construction and the demolition of Palestinian houses is causing to the situation.
i24NEWS' diplomatic correspondent Tal Shalev contributed to this report.
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