Conciliatory words from Israel toward Jordan following the incident in which a Jordanian judge was killed by IDF soldiers at the Allenby crossing have fallen on deaf ears in the Jordanian parliament, as it issued an ultimatum to the government on Wednesday: Retaliate or Resign.
The parliament made several demands: that the Israeli ambassador be expelled; Jordan’s envoy in Israel recalled; and the release of former army soldier Ahmed Daqamseh, who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 at the Island of Peace on the Israel-Jordan border, the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad reported.
Meanwhile, the story has dominated headlines in the Jordanian media. The shooting occurred on Monday when the judge, Raed Za’eiter, shouted, “Al-lahu akbar” and charged IDF troops at the crossing, attempting to snatch a weapon from them.
A joint investigation by the IDF, the Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), confirmed the initial reports. Believing their lives to be in danger, the soldiers acted in accordance with the rules of engagement and fired at the man’s legs.
Za’eiter then continued his assault with a metal pole, until he was shot and killed.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that a joint Israeli-Jordanian investigation team would start its work shortly.