Israel Lodges Complaint Over Jordan PM's Letter of Condolence to Families of Jerusalem Terrorists

Israeli embassy in Amman included a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli caricatures that were recently published in the Jordanian media.

Reuters

The Israeli embassy in Amman has lodged a protest with the Jordanian Foreign Ministry after Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour sent a letter of condolences to the family of the two Palestinian terrorists who killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue last week.

In its letter of protest, the Israeli embassy included a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli caricatures that were recently published in the Jordanian media, emphasizing the incitement and escalation caused by these publications. The letter was sent on Friday evening to the families of Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal, Channel 2 said.

The assailants, Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber, entered the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof synagogue on Tuesday morning with knives, axes and guns and attacked worshipers. The two were killed in a shootout with police.

According to Channel 2 report, Ensour wrote in his letter to the family: "I ask Allah to wrap them abundantly with mercy, and with his contentment, and that he will give all of you patience, recovery from the agony and good comfort." It was also decided that the families would be able to receive condolences on Thursday and Friday in Jordan's capital, Amman, Channel 2 reported.

Earlier last week, Israeli news site NRG reported that Jordan's parliament opened a cabinet meeting on Wednesday with a moment of silence in memory of the perpetrators. After the moment of silence, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarwaneh recited a prayer in their memory, and described them as "martyrs," Algemeiner reported.

On Thursday, Israeli defense officials issued demolition orders for the families of the attackers, as well as for two other Palestinians who carried out recent terror attacks in Jerusalem – one on the light-rail system, and one who attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist, Yehuda Glick.