Last Update: 29/12/2003 15:03
Jordan's Hassan: Sharon pragmatic, but cannot find a partner
By Haaretz Service
Prince Hassan bin Talal, uncle of Jordan's Kind Abdullah and a former heir to the throne of the Hashemite kingdom, has told an Italian newspaper that he sees Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a pragmatic man, who wants security for his people, but is unable to find a partner on the Palestinian side with whom to conduct negotiations.
In comments published Monday by La Stampa, Prince Hassan said that â€œArafat is at a transitory stage, but, unfortunately, we can see the growing influence of Hamas and Hezbollah among the Palestinians."
Hassan, the younger brother of Jordanâ€™s deceased monarch King Hussein, also said that â€œthe Palestinians continue to talk about Palestinian unity. The Palestinian question has never been resolved. From my perspective, Jordan should include all the Palestinians, and Israel, Palestine and Jordan should enjoy the same sort of interdependence as there is in the Benelux countries.â€
When asked whether he was planning on establishing a new political party, Prince Hassan replied that he preferred to start a political movement, at the center of the poetical spectrum. â€œThere are Christian Democratic, so where should there not be Moslem Democrats,â€ he added.
Hassam said that there are currently three phobias afflicting the world: â€œanti-Semitism, anti-Arabism and anti-Americanism. This is because the Americans should not be talking about a new world order, but about a new international alliance for peace.â€