Jordan Justice Minister: Israel Is a Terrorist State

Newly appointed Jordanian minister Hussein Mjali infuriated Israel with his call to free Ahmed Deqamseh, who killed seven Israeli schoolchildren in a terrorist attack in Naharayim in 1997.

Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Jordan's new justice minister continued to inflame tensions with Israel, whom he called a "terrorist state that will be destroyed" in an interview with Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yom on Wednesday.

Minister Hussein Mjali was appointed last week in a government shakeup following protests inspired by the Egyptian uprising. He drew condemnation in Israel after he joined protester calling for the release of Ahmed Deqamseh, a terrorist serving time in Jordan for killing seven Israeli school children in 1997.

Mjali, who is seen as close to the Muslim opposition, served as the defense lawyer for Deqamseh, who was a soldier when he killed the children who were on an outing in Naharayim, on the border between Israel and Jordan.

"Israel is a terrorist state," Mjali said in the interview, adding that that explained Israel's position over freeing Daqamseh.

Israel conveyed sharp protest earlier in the week, when Mjali called for Daqamseh to be released. The Foreign Ministry summoned the temporary Jordanian ambassador on Tuesday to demand that Jordan issue a public statement condemning all calls to release Deqamesh. The ministry also insisted that Jordan clarify that Daqamesh will continue to serve out his 25-year sentence in a Jordanian prison.

Jordanian Justice Minister Hussein Mjali, right, at a protest demanding the release of a soldier who shot dead seven Israeli schoolgirls at Naharayim in 1997.Credit: AP

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

NOW: 40% OFF
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

הקלטות מעוז

Jewish Law Above All: Recordings Reveal Far-right MK's Plan to Turn Israel Into Theocracy

איתמר בן גביר

Why I’m Turning My Back on My Jewish Identity

Travelers looking at the Departures board at Ben Gurion Airport. The number of olim who later become yordim is unknown.

Down and Out: Why These New Immigrants Ended Up Leaving Israel

Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco as Mia and Lucia in "The White Lotus."

The Reality Behind ‘The White Lotus’ Sex Work Fantasy

The Mossad hit team in Dubai. Exposed by dozens of security cameras

This ‘Dystopian’ Cyber Firm Could Have Saved Mossad Assassins From Exposure

מליאת הכנסת 28.12.22

Comeback Kid: How Netanyahu Took Back Power After 18 Months in Exile