A New Arab Peace Plan

TIME's interview with King Abdullah II of Jordan: "If we don't solve the Palestinian issue, the future looks bleak for the Middle East."

King Abdullah II of Jordan has few opportunities to relax. Speaking with TIME at Basman Palace last week, he spent a moment describing how he likes to take Queen Rania out for a spin on his Harley-Davidson and hopes to get the family, including two sons and two daughters, away for a picnic soon. Then it was on to business. While much of the interview focused on his uncharacteristically dark outlook on the Middle East--Abdullah, 44, is usually known for his optimism--he also revealed the outlines of a new Arab peace initiative, dubbed Beirut Plus (a reference to an Arab League...

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