'This Week' Transcript: George Mitchell and King Abdullah II

MILLER: But, look, Woody Allen -- it was Woody Allen who said 90 percent of life is just showing up. He's wrong; 90 percent of life is showing up at the right time. And the reality is, right now, with no peace process, no prospects of one, a Fatah-Hamas deal, the Arab world in a modified form of chaos and uncertainty, now is not the time to launch an initiative. And the president...

AMANPOUR: You mean the president?

MILLER: He got the worst of both worlds. He's annoyed the Israelis, clearly, and at the same time he sent a message to the Palestinians -- if I were a Palestinian sitting in Ramallah, you know what I would conclude? It's working. Our U.N. initiative has so frightened the administration that now the president took a position on borders. Maybe next week he'll say something on Jerusalem.

AMANPOUR: All right. Quickly, Jake, what does he have to do, do you think, to -- I don't know -- walk this back or not or...

TAPPER: Well, he's not going to walk it back.

AMANPOUR: ... move it forward?

TAPPER: But -- but there will be some, you know, low-level talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. That will continue at the quartet level. The envoys will talk about what next -- what's next. And then, obviously, they're going to try to fend off that vote in September at the U.N. But a big issue right now becomes, what is Fatah going to do about this alliance with Hamas, a terrorist group that has called for Israel's destruction? AMANPOUR: And you bring me to my next segue. We are going to ask King Abdullah of Jordan right after a break, so up next, a monarch of the Middle East answers the wake-up call for the Arab spring and discusses this Palestinian issue. I sit down with key U.S. ally King Abdullah of Jordan.

And then, Newt Gingrich's mea culpa tour. Damage control on the 2012 campaign trail, as sex scandals rock politics here and abroad.



OBAMA: Those shouts of human dignity are being heard across the region. And through the moral force of nonviolence, the people of the region have achieved more change in six months than terrorists have accomplished in decades.


AMANPOUR: President Obama on Thursday in his first major speech on the uprisings in the Middle East. Israel, of course, though ate up most of the headlines here, but in many respects, the Arab uprising presents the White House with a more immediate and urgent set of policy questions.

The revolution is happening now. And my guest today is caught right in the middle. He is King Abdullah of Jordan, a key American ally and the author of a new book, "Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril."

I sat down with him earlier this week.


AMANPOUR: King Abdullah, thank you for joining us.

ABDULLAH: Thank you, Christiane.

AMANPOUR: How do you describe what's going on? Is it a wake-up call for yourself and other world leaders in that region?

ABDULLAH: Definitely it's a wake-up call. And this is a new and definitely defining moment for the Middle East. Which way the Middle East goes, I hope, reaching out to the aspirations of the youth, this will be a good story when we look back on it years from now.

AMANPOUR: What is it that you are being asked to wake up to? And what can you do about it?

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