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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Jordanian Soldier Attacks Israelis - No one injured

(Israel and Jordan signed a Treaty of Peace in 1994)
Arutz Sheva: Thursday afternoon, a Jordanian soldier managed to infiltrate into the VIP waiting room at the border crossing between Israel and Jordan. Four Israelis were waiting to receive a permit to cross the border at the time and the soldier opened fire in their direction. Miraculously, his rifle jammed after firing only one bullet, and Jordanian security forces apprehended him.

Following the incident Israeli security forces contacted Jordanian forces and arranged for the crossing of the four Israelis - two academics, a journalist and a Defense Ministry official.

One of the Israelis present at the border crossing during the incident was journalist Israel Harel, an advocate of Jewish settlement in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). "We were waiting in the VIP room for our passports to be returned,” he told Army Radio. “A policeman came in and fired a bullet that just missed us. His rifle jammed and he cocked it. He pulled the trigger again and again but the rifle didn't fire and eventually there were about 30 bullets on the floor around him. A low-ranking officer jumped on him and then some more people arrived on the scene and apprehended the man,” Harel said.

This is not the first time since the peace agreement with Jordan that Jordanian soldiers have attacked Israelis. Seven Jewish schoolgirls from Beit Shemesh were murdered when a Jordanian soldier opened fire on their class trip to the "Island of Peace – which is controlled by Jordan.