JORDAN - Mass-Murderer Greeted as Hero

Arno Froese

A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was released after serving 20 years in prison.

Ahmed Daqamseh had opened fire on the eighth-graders while they were on a class trip to the scenic “Island of Peace” border post. Seven more girls were wounded. A Jordanian court later deemed Daqamseh mentally unstable and sentenced him to life in prison, rather than imposing the death penalty.

Daqamseh arrived before dawn in his home village of Ibdir in northern Jordan. Amateur video posted online showed him being surrounded by singing and dancing men, some kissing him on the cheek.

Yisrael Fatihi, whose daughter Sivan was killed in the attack, told Israel Radio that he had been informed by the Israeli embassy in Jordan last week that Daqamseh’s release was imminent.

“It is unfortunate, but this is the situation,” Fatihi said.

The 1997 attack came three years after Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty. The two countries cooperate closely on security matters, including in the battle against Islamic extremism, but the peace treaty remains widely unpopular in Jordan where many residents have Palestinian roots., 12 March 2017

Arno's commentary

It is said that Israel’s best relations with an Arab country are with Jordan, yet the peace treaty signed between the two countries seems to only be a political move to secure Jordan’s national existence.

For Israel, this is nothing new, because cold-blooded murderers of women and children are regularly rewarded by the Palestinian Authority; in some cases, local street names are changed to honor their names. This would be unthinkable in the European world (the West). There would be unending expressions of disbelief, protest, and abhorrence. Yet in Jordan, a mass-murderer of Israeli schoolgirls is welcomed “by singing and dancing men, some kissing him on the cheek.” That is the ultimate expression of uninhibited hatred toward the Jewish people.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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