Israel Expresses Regret to Jordan Over Bridge Incident

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the killing of a Jordanian judge who was shot by Israeli soldiers at the Allenby Bridge border crossing, and promised to carry out a joint investigation into his death.

A preliminary inquiry conducted by Israeli security services found that Raed Zeiter, a Shechem-born magistrate’s court judge in Jordan, shouted “Allahu Akhbar” (“G-d is great”), while charging IDF troops at the terminal and attempting to grab a soldier’s rifle on Monday.

The Israeli military had earlier described Zeiter as a “terrorist.”

Striking a more conciliatory tone, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying it was committed to its peace treaty with Jordan and would establish an Israeli-Jordanian team to look into what had happened.

“Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday at the King Hussein (Allenby), bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan,” the statement said.

Over the last 24 hours the two governments have held consultations on the matter at senior levels, government officials said.