Abdallah II of Jordan Quotes

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And as an American colleague said to me several months ago, he said, 'I think the challenge in Jordan - and, again, this is for the rest of the Middle East - we need to define what center is. And once we can define what center is to a Jordanian, then we can decide what's left and what's right of that.
— Abdallah II of Jordan

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At the end of the day we want to bring stability and hope to Iraq. That's the only way to defeat terrorism.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Blowing up buses will not induce the Israelis to move forward, and neither will the killing of Palestinians or the demolition of their homes and their future. All this needs to stop. And we pledge that Jordan will do its utmost to help achieve it.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Chemical weapons are something that scares everybody.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Don't take 'no' for an answer.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Each country its cost analysis is going to be different. So what we are you seeing in Syria, for example, is different than what's going on in Jordan. The maps are being rewritten.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Fifty-seven countries in the world, a third of the United Nations, do not recognize Israel. In a way, I think North Korea has better international relations than Israel.

Abdallah II of Jordan

For me, I am left leaning when it comes to health and education, on the right when it comes to defense. So I don't know where I come on the political spectrum. And I think this the challenge that a lot of Jordanians have to deal with.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Historic changes and challenges. Breakthroughs in human knowledge and opportunity. And yet, for vast numbers across the globe, the daily realities have not altered.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I believe nuclear energy in Jordan will be done in such a way where it is a public-private partnership so everyone can see exactly what's going on.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I don't think the Middle East could afford another war.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I have the responsibility of over four million people, and I am in a position to do good, to be able to bring about a new life for my people, and I will continue to move in that direction. It's a burden, but it needs to be done, and you have to have the courage and wisdom to see it through.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I hope that none of the countries in the Middle East are planning anything but the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I like to look at the glass half full.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I personally believe that any country that has a nuclear program should conform to international regulations and should have international regulatory bodies that check to make sure that any nuclear program moves in the right direction.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I think it's almost impossible for any expert to predict for the rapid changes we see in the Middle East. They are rapid and they will continue for quite a while.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I think the debate in our society now is that people have to agree on zero-tolerance to terrorism.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I think the success of democracy is not really police security; it's the presence of a broad middle class. The stronger the middle class of a people is, the less you have to worry about one group coming in and exploiting the democratic process for its own ends.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I think this is really a defining moment for the Arab world. The problem is, it is all going to be about blood, sweat and tears. In certain countries it may be just sweat, and in some countries sweat and tears, and in some countries, as you can see, a lot of blood. I think initial instability is something that we are all extremely nervous of.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I'm easily entertained.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I'm just very wary that once you start military operations in any country, it's very difficult to predict what the outcome is.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I'm not the type of person that is forced.

Abdallah II of Jordan

I've benefited from the best of both societies and both cultures, East and West.

Abdallah II of Jordan

If everybody is happy, then something is wrong with the democratic process.

Abdallah II of Jordan

If you believe that the killing of innocent people is right, then you are not part of my future.

Abdallah II of Jordan

If you have a government that is elected, they need to do the hard work - because if they don't, they won't be around the next time the ballot box is open.

Abdallah II of Jordan

If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests.

Abdallah II of Jordan

In our view, successful reform is not an event. It is a sustainable process that will build on its own successes - a virtuous cycle of change.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Is Israel going to continue to be 'Fortress Israel'? Or, as we all hope, become accepted into the neighborhood, which I believe is the only way we can move forward in harmony.

Abdallah II of Jordan

It is always dangerous to underestimate anybody.

Abdallah II of Jordan

It's a tremendous responsibility to be direct descendants of the prophet Muhammad. This family has had the burden of leadership on its shoulders for 1,400 years. I'm not going to drop the ball on my shift.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Jordan has to show the Arab world that there's another way of doing things. We're a monarchy, yes, but if we can show democracy that leads to a two-, three-, four-party system - left, right and center - in a couple of years' time, then the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer be something to contend with.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Many occasions I've sat down with Israelis to say, where do you see your country in 10 years time, and work me back, so we can figure out the synergies and the connections between Israel and the rest of the Arab world. No Israeli has ever been able to answer that question.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Many will view the compromises that will be made during your negotiations as painful concessions. But why not view them as peace offerings, ones that will provide in return the priceless gifts of hope, security and freedom for our children and our children's?

Abdallah II of Jordan

Mr. President, prime ministers, let us have ambitions: ambitions to move beyond the violence and occupation, to the day when two states, Palestine and Israel, can live together side by side in peace and security.

Abdallah II of Jordan

My view is when you use violence on your people, that never ends well.

Abdallah II of Jordan

No matter what's happening in the Middle East - the Arab Spring, et cetera, the economic challenges, high rates of unemployment - the emotional, critical issue is always the Israeli-Palestinian one.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Nobody scares me.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Our response has been, 'Well, let's then make an effort to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit around the table.' That hasn't happened. So we only have ourselves to blame for this crisis.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Over the past few years, the road to confrontation has shown its consequences: loss of innocent lives, destruction and fear. Most costly, however, was the loss of hope. The most precious gift that you can present to your peoples over the coming weeks is renewed hope born out of tangible progress on the ground.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Peace with Israel is a strategic imperative for Jordan.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Political development should start at the grassroots.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Prime Minister Sharon, Prime Minister Abbas, I urge you today to end the designs of those who seek destruction, annihilation and occupation, and I urge you to have the will and the courage to begin to realize our dreams of peace, prosperity and coexistence.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Remember you don't do anything in isolation.

Abdallah II of Jordan

Ten years ago I said, you know, my goal is to be able to get food on the table. What I'm trying to say by that is trying to create a vibrant, capable and effective middle class. The quicker and stronger that we can be able to do this, the easier it is for political reform to move forward.

Abdallah II of Jordan

The Arab Spring I think we will look back whether it's two years, five years, ten or fifteen. And say it's a good thing.

Abdallah II of Jordan

The Arab World is writing a new future; the pen is in our own hands.

Abdallah II of Jordan

And as an American colleague said to me several months ago, he said, 'I think the challenge in Jordan - and, again, this is for the rest of the Middle East - we need to define what center is. And once we can define what center is to a Jordanian, then we can decide what's left and what's right of that.

Abdallah II of Jordan