Jordan's PM Blames Israeli Government for Judge's Shooting
Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said on Tuesday that the Israeli government was "completely responsible” for what he described as the "hideous" shooting of a Palestinian Arab-Jordanian judge at a border crossing, AFP reported.
"The Jordanian government holds the Israeli government completely responsible for the hideous crime," Nsur was quoted as having told MPs at a meeting in parliament to discuss the shooting that took place on Monday.
He insisted that "the Israeli government’s excuses do not justify that treacherous act."
Nsur’s comments came after the Israeli government expressed "regret" over the fatal shooting.
"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday (Monday) at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan," the statement from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said.
The shooting had sparked the fury of both Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA), with protesters in Amman demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the abrogation of the two countries' 1994 peace treaty.
The PA, for its part, demanded an international investigation into the shooting.
The IDF explained that Zeiter was shot in the process of attacking a soldier and attempting to seize his weapon.
Nsur said Israel accepted a Jordanian request to take part in the probe.
"Jordan has pressured Israel to formally apologize. Jordan is now part of the probe into the shooting," he said, according to AFP.
"The way Jordan will deal with the development of this issue depends on how Israel acts on it in line with the final results of the investigation," declared Nsur.
On Monday night, Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, said that his country would take “firm measures” against Israel over Zeiter’s shooting.
"We are following up the investigation. When we get the results we will announce firm measures. We also take measures against those involved in the killing of the judge," he declared.