Israeli PM 'regrets' Jordanian judge's killing

AL-QUDS – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday voiced regret for the Monday murder of a Jordanian judge by Israeli forces near a border crossing.

"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday at the King Hussein Bridge [Allenby Bridge] and expresses its sympathies with the people and government of Jordan," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

The Israeli army claims that Zeiter, 38, had attempted to grab the gun of an Israeli soldier manning the crossing, forcing the latter to shoot him.

The killing has triggered uproar in Jordan, prompting calls for the Israeli ambassador's expulsion from the kingdom.

On Monday, Amman called on Israel to launch an immediate investigation into Zeiter's murder.

Netanyahu said Israel remains committed to its 1994 peace treaty with Jordan, adding that a joint Israeli-Jordanian team would be set up to look into the incident.

By Abdel-Raouf Arnaout

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