Quotes by: Abdullah 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.
Abdullah II of Jordan
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.
Abdullah II of Jordan
We have to always hope in humanity that people will make the right choices.
Abdullah II of Jordan
We want to be, I think, an example for the rest of the Arab world, because there are a lot of people who say that the only democracy you can have in the Middle East is the Muslim Brotherhood.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah II of Jordan
We're never going to be able to get rid of terrorism, because there is always going to be evil in the world.
Abdullah II of Jordan
I hope that none of the countries in the Middle East are planning anything but the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy.
Abdullah II of Jordan
Wikileaks didn't help confidence with American administrations because of conversations made public so easily.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah II of Jordan
The monarchy that I hand over to my son is not going to be the same one that I have inherited.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah II of Jordan
Together, we can create a world in which peace is real; in which every human being can thrive; in which all share the promise of our century. I believe we can succeed.
Abdullah II of Jordan
I've benefited from the best of both societies and both cultures, East and West.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah 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.
Abdullah II of Jordan
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