Jordanian Pilot Discharged for Refusing to Go to Israel


A Jordanian pilot has reportedly been dismissed from duty after refusing to travel to Israel to participate in a joint military project, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

“I was trained as a pilot not to cooperate with Israel, but to fight it,” Majdi al-Samdi told his Jordanian Air Force superiors, according to Jordanian news media.

The news triggered angry reactions on local social networks.
The incident was not disclosed by the military or the government, but by the pilot’s family, which was upset over his dismissal and the fact that the military will not provide al-Samdi with the same benefits accorded to other discharged soldiers.

According to reports, the family will continue to rally the public to its side “with the goal of ending Jordan’s relations with Israel.”