The only surprise is that it took so long to get him released.
Ahmad Daqamseh, who murdered seven Israeli girls in a massacre at the Island of Peace border post in Naharayim in 1997, was released from Jordanian prison early Sunday after having served a 20-year sentence.The pretense was that he was mentally ill. But he has made it clear why he did what he did. So did his family.
On March 13, 1997, Daqamseh—who at the time was a 26-year-old soldier in the Jordanian army—opened fire at a group of 7th and 8th grade schoolgirls the AMIT Fuerst School in Beit Shemesh, who were on a class field trip.
Seven girls were murdered in the attack: Sivan Fatihi, 13, of Tzelafon; Karen Cohen, 14, of Beit Shemesh; Ya'ala Me'iri, 13, of Beit Shemesh; Shiri Badayev, 14, of Beit Shemesh; Natali Alkalai, 13, of Beit Shemesh; Adi Malka, 13, of Beit Shemesh; Nirit Cohen, 13, of Beit Shemesh. Six others girls were wounded in the attack.
Speaking on the Al Jazeera network in May 2001, Daqamseh’s mother said her son had “no regrets” about the murders and that the only thing he expressed remorse about was the fact that his gun “did not work properly.” Otherwise, he would have “killed all of the passengers on the bus,” his mother said.
Those being more 13-year-old girls. This is how he was met on his return,
Daqamseh arrived before dawn Sunday 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.This is why there can be no peace. No two-state solution. You can't make peace with monsters.
The relative told Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad that Daqamseh's health was good and that he will greet well-wishers later on Sunday, following afternoon prayers.
In recent years, arose several times in Jordan. In the lower house of the Jordanian Parliament, MPs petition urging King Abdullah to grant the murderer pardon.
In 2011, Israel had summoned Jordan's ambassador to express anger after the kingdom's then-justice minister called for Daqamseh's early release.
Upon arriving in his hometown, Daqamseh expressed no regrets, telling a reporter that Israelis are "human garbage.Two words. Travel ban. Across the world.