Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.
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Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour sent condolence letters to the families of the terrorists who carried out the massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue last week.
The letters to the terrorists’ families read: “I ask Allah to surround them with abundant mercy and satisfaction, which will grant you all patience and solace,” the Jordanian Jafra News website reported.
Last week, the Jordanian parliament paid respects by observing a minute of silence and reading verses from the Koran for the two Arab terrorists who murdered five Israelis and injured others in the attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood Tuesday.
However, the Jordanian government condemned the attack on Thursday, saying it is against all acts of violence against civilians, Israel Radio reported.
Meanwhile, a source told the Jordanian Al-Ghad newspaper that Israel is refusing to cooperate with Jordanian authorities regarding the joint investigation into the death of Judge Raed Za’eiter, who allegedly attacked Israeli soldiers at the Allenby Bridge back in March.
An initial inquiry by Israeli security services found that Za’eiter, a Nablus-born jurist and magistrate’s court judge in Jordan, shouted, “Allahu akbar” while charging IDF troops at the terminal.
According to a joint probe by the IDF, the Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Za’eiter, who had Jordanian citizenship, attempted to snatch the rifle of one of the soldiers. Feeling 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 attacking the soldiers with a metal pole before he was shot again, this time succumbing to his wounds.
Investigators have determined so far that the soldiers acted properly, given that Za’eiter “posed a clear danger” to their lives. The army said it was continuing the investigation.
The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement after the incident that the joint Israeli- Jordanian investigation team would start its work shortly.
Yaakov Lappin and Herb Keinon contributed to this report.