JERUSALEM – Israel prime minister has expressed sorrow over the shooting death of a Jordanian judge and launched a joint investigation with Jordan.
Israel's military says that guards killed the judge on Monday after he tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. Israel and Jordan have been at peace for 20 years, and violence at the border crossing is rare. The shooting sparked anti-Israel demonstrations in Jordan.
In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said, "Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zueter... and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan."
It said Israel has shared the results of a preliminary investigation with Jordan, and agreed to a Jordanian request to establish a joint investigation.