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Israel, Palestinians Must Resume Peace Talks, Jordan King Says

King Abdullah of Jordan urged the resumption of negotiations between Israel and Palestinians on a two-state solution and said the two sides need to reach a deal before the end of U.S. President Barack Obama’s term.

“There is no time left for Israel to play the waiting game,” Abdullah said in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum today. “The two-state solution will only survive as long as the end of President Obama’s term. Beyond that, if we don’t fix it in the next four years, I don’t believe it will ever happen.”

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians fell apart in September 2010 after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t extend a 10-month building freeze in the West Bank. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he won’t restart talks until construction is halted.

Jordan’s king has told Israeli leaders that they must stop building settlements in the West Bank and “refrain from any measures that could change the features of Jerusalem” or affect Islamic or Christian holy sites.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andres R. Martinez in Davos, Switzerland at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net

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