We Cannot Accept to Be Treated This Way

Sporting a white beard in conscious imitation of his Hashemite ancestors, Jordan's King Hussein last week spoke with TIME Cairo bureau chief Dean Fischer about the Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and his diagnosis of the Middle East's political ailments. Excerpts:

On growing disenchantment with peace negotiations: Initially there was a great deal of enthusiasm and hope within Israel and the Arab world. But none of us has shown the capabilities to deal with the challenges. I feel that Israel is able to focus on only one subject at a time. Maybe that is the reason for the delays on the other tracks....

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