Jon Stewart had the unique chance to interview King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday’s “Daily Show.”
According to NBC News, King Abdullah, who was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, gave his perspective of the Middle East and what should be on our minds about the region.
Stewart started the show by noting that neither King Abdullah nor anyone else will be able to get a private session with President Obama, so King Abdullah gave Stewart a taste of what he would say about the Iran situation if he were able to tear his way away from Barbara Walters and company.
“The way I put it to those who will listen is that the reason we have a nuclear program is because what Israel is doing to the Palestinians, and the future of Jerusalem,” he said. “So my argument is that if Israel and Palestinians solve their problems, that allows the Israelis and the Arabs to come together and have a peace treaty, then there’s no longer a raison d’être for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
In the interview with Stewart, King Abdullah also spoke about Arab Spring and it’s effects, noting “we’ve seen better days” even though Jordan is surrounded by volotility.
“The difference between Jordan and other countries is that we changed the constitution. They ran elections and now have to change the constitution,” he said.
King Abdullah also said that some of the results that may upset some in the United States right now are the inevitible results of transition to Democracy.
“Arab Spring started because of the economy, and then it went from economic frustration to politics. What happened in a lot of countries was, as young men and women aspired to political form, those who were more organized like the Muslim Brotherhood hijacked the movement. …But in a way, that’s Democracy,” he said.
Here is the Daily Showinterview with King Abdullah II.