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Funeral of Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter
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Netanyahu expresses 'regret' at death of Jordanian judge

PMO says in statement a joint Israeli-Jordanian team will investigate shooting at Allenby bridge, where the IDF says Raed Zeiter attacked soldiers.

Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the killing of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by IDF soldiers at the Allenby border crossing, and promised Jordan to carry out a joint investigation into his death.


The IDF said Judge Raed Zeiter was shot dead on Monday after attacking a soldier at the terminal, suffocating him and trying to snatch his weapons. An army investigation found Zeiter ignored calls to stop, and continued attacking soldiers at the scene with an iron rod even after he was shot in his leg.


The death Jordanian judge has caused ire in the Hashemite Kingdom and raised tensions between the neighboring countries.


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Striking a more conciliatory tone, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued a later statement saying it was committed to its peace treaty with Jordan and would establish an Israeli-Jordanian team to look into what had happened.


"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," the statement said.


Zeiter, 38, was of Palestinian origins and was buried in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday.


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