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Netanyahu Apologizes to Jordan while IDF Says Attacker Was Terrorist

Either the IDF has privately admitted it goofed or Netanyahu is scared of Jordan when he needs him most.
Netanyahu needs Jordan's King Abdullah more than ever now,even if it means apologizing for killing a Jordanian terrorist.

Netanyahu needs Jordan's King Abdullah more than ever now,even if it means apologizing for killing a Jordanian terrorist.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has apologized to Jordan for killing a Jordanian judge who the IDF said attacked and tried to strangle a soldier before he was shot dead at the Allenby Bridge border crossing on Monday.

“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,” according a statement from the office of the Prime Minister.

“In light of our commitment to the peace treaty, Israel has already shared with Jordan the results of its preliminary investigation of the incident,” it continued. “Israel has also agreed to a Jordanian request to establish a joint Israeli-Jordanian team to complete the investigation.”

The IDF stated Monday morning that its “preliminary conclusions regarding the Allenby Bridge incident” followed “a comprehensive investigation” and that “the investigation included extensive questioning of witnesses by security personnel.”

“The preliminary conclusion of the investigation indicates that the terrorist attacked the soldier,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Pete Lerner said. The attacker “charged at the soldiers shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ [Allah is great] with a metal pole, and then attempted to seize the soldier’s weapon prompting the soldiers to respond by firing towards his lower extremities, in line with standard operating procedures. The suspect then began to strangle a soldier and the force resorted to using live fire once again.”

The attacker later was named as a judge from Jordan who originally is from Shechem, and that is when the proverbial manure apparently hit the fan.

Gertrude Rose might have written today that “a terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist” but not if he is a judge.

Jordan claims that the judge was unarmed, and the Jordanian Muslim opposition castigated Israel’s “brutality” in killing the alleged attacker.

If the IDF’s initial probe reached the wrong conclusion and the soldiers wrongful fired, the whole incident will be very bad for Israel.

If it is true, and so far the IDF has not amended its preliminary conclusions, that does not change the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu needs Jordan more than ever right now. The last thing King Abdullah needs is a Palestinian Authority state on his borders. Jordan is country of refugees, mostly “Palestinian” and an increasing number from Syria.

Israel protects Jordan’s eastern border, which would become Swiss cheese if the Palestinian Authority were to be stationed there.

That explains the Prime Minister’s hurried apology and agreement set up a joint commission to investigate the incident.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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16 Responses to “Netanyahu Apologizes to Jordan while IDF Says Attacker Was Terrorist”

  1. Yori Mendel says:

    Wake up people!!! He’s not the Moschiach!!! How many miracles has he shown us JEWS? Not One! He panders to the wealthy, famous, and those who can blackmail him. I wish it weren’t so.

  2. he is a weak leader, apologizing to the attackers, he did the same about the “ship to gaza”, these two are destroying the nation

  3. You two above are sick and will be the reason the world is seeing Israel for what it is, a Nazi war mongering racist state

  4. James Wood says:

    Buthayna Speke about yourself not about the Jews as a whole. Remember they are HaShems chosen people

  5. No harm done by a timely message of regret (NOT to be confused with an apology!) A good Politician, Leader and Diplomat knows when to say 'Yay' and when to say 'Nay'. Israel needs to win the war – even if this means losing a battle.

  6. Ben II says:

    Netanyahu is a coward, so of course his sorry ass will apologize for taking out an Islamic terrorist.

  7. Eduardo Mazo says:

    had two faces in show all of them.

  8. What is he apologizing for? Shouldn’t Jordan apologize to Israel?

  9. Run Guo says:

    He is the great leader, taking on shame on his face for the long term benefits of Israel. Love him.

  10. Buthayna Hammad you have no clue what you are talking about

  11. Buthayna Hammad you have no clue what you are talking about

  12. Could be ‘a diplomatic act’ not judging wether it s right or wrong..

  13. Could be ‘a diplomatic act’ not judging wether it s right or wrong..

  14. Netanyahu didn’t applogize, but (according to media reports), expressed his sorrow about the incident. Indeed, it is very regreatfull when terrorists try to murder Israeli’s, but it’s a reality we live in. I assure you Netanyahu is not sorry the terror attack failed and that it was only the terrorist’s blood that was shed, thanks to Israel’s finests.

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