King Hussein, opening a session of Parliament Saturday, insisted the Persian Gulf crisis must be linked to resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and criticized the West for using a double standard on the two issues.
The king addressed the second regular session of the 11th National Assembly with a traditional speech from the throne in which he also accused Israel and the West of "expansionist schemes" in the Middle East and a bid to divide and control the Arab world."(This country) rejects division and subordination," the king said. "It is built on a foundation of staunch national unity that is impenetrable and unbreakable. Jordan's aspirations for Arab unity are reflected by our firm stand and diligent work to bring Arabs together in the face of the nefarious designs of the aggressors."
Hussein said solutions to the gulf crisis must be linked to Middle East problems, mainly the Arab-Israeli conflict, and he pledged to escalate Jordanian efforts to liberate Jerusalem from "occupied Palestine," as he criticized Israeli measures against Palestinians.
He said differing positions among Arab countries on the crisis did not estrange Jordan from Arab states.
"We are confident that what has happened so far will not lead either of us to forget his responsibility toward the other, especially theirs toward our situation and toward our people in Palestine," the king said.
Jordan has condemned foreign intervention in the gulf. But Jordan also agreed to comply with U.N.-imposed trade sanctions on Iraq, which was Jordan's main trading partner.