Palestinian cause serves as extremist ‘rallying cry’: King Abdullah

STRASBOURG // King Abdullah II of Jordan warned on Tuesday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was essential for combating extremism, saying the conflict served as a rallying cry for militants.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, King Abdullah said that the battle against ISIL in Iraq and Syria was “first and foremost” a fight for Muslim nations to carry out, but also called on Europeans to fight hostility towards Islam that he said was fuelling extremism among Muslims.

He praised Europe’s “unbeatable courage” in responding to attacks, such as those in Paris in January, and likened ISIL to Nazism – “an expansionist ideology based on hatred”.

But in calling for cooperation to combat extremist violence, the king – who attended commemorations for the slain French satirists of Charlie Hebdo but criticised the paper’s use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohmmed – said that European governments must promote “mutual respect” and an “inclusive society”.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    Great. Let’s have mutual respect and an inclusive society with full freedom of religion for Christians and Jews in Jordan including the freedom to send missionaries, to start with. And then put your money where your mouth is. Not only allow but sponsor the building of a church and a synagogue in Amman.

  • cmh

    he’s an effen idiot, he’s muslim, we must tolerate the muslims…lol

  • truepeers

    Who would take seriously a king who oppresses, far worse than Israel, the Palestinian majority in his own country? The Euros of course.

  • tom_billesley

    Not one of the arab states surrounding Israel offered Fakestinians, their fellow arabs, resettlement or naturalization. How’s that for respect and inclusivity. Oh no – not when they wanted them to be resident performers in victimhood theme parks.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    His Majesty got it bass ackwards. Crush the extremists and Israel-Palestine can be settled peacefully.

  • Una Salus

    Great, then Abdullah can absorb all the “Palestinians” into Jordan and solve the problem properly once and for all.

  • Dana Garcia

    Is this for the homeland audience, which contains many Pals?

    The king is smart enough to know that jihad demands have no end.

  • DVult

    Who died and made this guy king?

  • just a thought

    Since “destroy Israel” is also his rallying cry, that makes him a _______________.
    For extra credit, explain how you defeat an enemy by surrendering to it.

  • TotallyPeeved

    Fuck You, abdullah. I hope your latest, clit less child bride slits your throat in your sleep.

  • Exile1981

    At least he’s right that fighting ISIL should be done by the muslim nations.

  • DMB

    He must of got those ridiculous ideas from his brief time during his tour on the U.S.S. Voyager! lol