Quotes by King Abdullah II

Extremists, who thrive on conflict; who do not tolerate diversity; who seek power through division and destruction. The global system they hope to create is one of new walls and new isolation, and radically smaller horizons. It is an anti-democratic, anti-economic-growth, and anti-progress agenda.
– King Abdullah II
The United States has a central leadership role. No where is it more important than in meeting the region's core challenge: the Arab-Israeli conflict. This cycle of violence remains the key barrier to stability and progress in my region. It has bred global anger and extremist violence.
– King Abdullah II
Today more than ever we need creative minds to address the issues of the age. And one of the most urgent is this: How can humanity know so much, achieve so much, and still fail so many people so badly?
– King Abdullah II
You're always going to have extremists in every religion.
– King Abdullah II
When you get billions in aid and your weapons resupplied and your ammunition stock resupplied, you don't learn the lesson that war is bad and nobody wins.
– King Abdullah II
We have to always hope in humanity that people will make the right choices.
– King Abdullah II
We have peace with Israel. We're actually the last man standing. So there is going to be immense pressure and people asking, 'Why are we having this relationship when it's not benefiting anybody?' Obviously, my answer is you always benefit from peace.
– King Abdullah II
The security and the future of Jordan is hand-in-hand with the future of the Palestinians and the Israelis.
– King Abdullah II
The Middle East has the highest unemployment percentage of any region in the world we have the largest youth cohort of history coming into the market place that frustration does translate into the political sphere when people are hungry and without jobs.
– King Abdullah II
The incentive that you give to your youth is going to be the make-or-break future of the country.
– King Abdullah II
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.
– King Abdullah II
Peace with Israel is a strategic imperative for Jordan.
– King Abdullah II
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.
– King Abdullah II
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.
– King Abdullah II
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?
– King Abdullah II
Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off.
– King Abdullah II
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.
– King Abdullah II
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.
– King Abdullah II
If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests.
– King Abdullah II
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.
– King Abdullah II