Jordan sentences duo for planning attack on Israel

Two men were sentenced in Jordan to ten years in prison with hard labor for planning a terror attack on Israeli forces on the Hashemite Kingdom’s border with the West Bank.

The two Jordanian men, in their 20’s, were planning to commit the attack with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a pistol, the state security court in Amman ruled Wednesday according to Times of Israel, after US President Donald Trump announced the controversial decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.

One of those convicted planned “to carry out an armed terrorist operation… after (Trump’s) decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem and over the abuses against Palestinians by the Israeli army,” the ruling reportedly read. The two men from Madaba, just south of Amman, were caught by Jordanian border guards in May last year before reaching the border, where Israeli guards patrol the area.

The convicts admitted they were also ready to shoot at Jordanian authorities if they should interfere in the planned attack, the court found.