'Jordan's response to terror attack is extreme and baseless'

Likud minister blasts Jordan, after it blamed Israel for shooting Jordanian national who carried out terror attack yesterday in J'lem.

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Yuval Steinitz
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Minister of Infrastructure Dr. Yuval Steinitz reacted this morning to Jordan’s blaming of Israel for the death of the terrorist in yesterday’s stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The terrorist was a Jordanian national who had arrived in Israel on a tourist visa several days before committing the attack.

Following the attack, Jordan not only did not condemn the attack, but blamed Israel for the “crime” of shooting the terrorist.

"The Israeli government as the occupying power bears responsibility over the shooting of a Jordanian citizen in occupied eastern Jerusalem today that caused his martyrdom," Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al Momani told state news agency Petra, adding that Jordan demanded an explanation from Israel regarding the circumstances of the incident.

Steinitz called the Jordanian reaction “baseless.”

“It is indeed an extreme pronouncement, unfounded, baseless. Instead of apologizing for the attack - they throw all the blame on Israel,” Steinitz charged in an interview with Army Radio.

“We reject this matter completely,” he said, adding, “I think that this is the appropriate Zionist response.”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu similarly blasted the Jordanian response, calling it “outrageous.”

"It's time Jordan stopped playing both sides of the game,” he said in a statement released by his office. “Just like Israel condemns terror attacks in Jordan, Jordan must condemn terror attacks in Israel. Terror is terror.”