Jordan's king urges Israel, Palestinians to talk

January 14, 2013 - 7:32 AM

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king has warned that the failure to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians is adding to regional tensions.

A statement from the royal palace said King Abdullah II told a delegation from the Washington-based American Israel Public Affairs Committee that regional changes tied to the Arab Spring should "drive" the Israeli government to "embrace peace."

In his talks Monday with the pro-Israel group, the king also called on Israel to stop measures that he said hinder peace efforts, including West Bank settlement construction.

Abdullah urged Israel, the Palestinians and the U.S. to resume peacemaking efforts. He called for direct talks based on a two-state solution, which envisions the establishment of a Palestinian state.

He said it remains the "only formula" to end the 65-year old conflict.