Jordanian Lawmakers Reject No Confidence Vote Over Israel Ties

Lawmakers proposed the vote in the wake of the killing of a Palestinian-Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers two weeks ago.

The Jordanian parliament Tuesday rejected a vote of no confidence against the government in the wake of the killing of a Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent by the Israeli army two weeks ago.

A number of Jordanian lawmakers proposed the no confidence vote on the grounds that the government has not responded appropriately to the death of the magistrate, Raed Zueter.

Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said ahead of the vote that "the government will not expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman nor will it recall our ambassador in Tel Aviv as we are still awaiting the results of the investigations."

Some 80 of the 120 members of the lower house of parliament rejected the vote, while only 20 supported it. Some 18 were not present at the session.

Zueter was shot to death at by Israeli soldiers on March 10 at the Allenby Bridge border crossing. According to the Israel Defense Forces, the magistrate had tried to snatch a soldier's rifle, prompting the soldiers to open fire.

Following outrage in Jordan, Israeli has taken conciliatory steps towards Jordan, one of just two Arab neighbors to have signed a peace deal with the country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed "regret" over the death and agreed to set up a joint investigation with Jordan, while President Shimon Peres expressed his condolences to King Abdullah II.