Jordan will not reopen Israeli embassy in Amman, following embassy shooting

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Published: 2017-11-02 14:01

Last Updated: 2017-11-02 15:16


Jordan will not reopen Israeli embassy in Amman, following embassy shooting
Jordan will not reopen Israeli embassy in Amman, following embassy shooting
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Jordan insisted on Thursday that Israel must take legal procedures against the Israeli Embassy guard in Amman, and demanded replacing the current Israeli ambassador, following July’s deadly shooting at the Israeli embassy, in which two Jordanians were killed.

Jordan demanded Israel replace the ambassador, Einat Schlein, who appeared in photographs with Netanyahu’s warm reception for the embassy’s guard on his return to Israel.

Israel refused demands to investigate the case and to question the security guard, claiming diplomatic immunity, according to Israeli Channel Two.

The Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, also announced they will not put the guard on trial over the embassy incident, and Jordan’s Minister of Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, announced that Jordan will not reopen the Israeli embassy until Israel applies to international law and fulfills Jordanian demands to put the criminal on trial.

Relations between Jordan and Israel have been strained after an Israeli security guard shot dead a Jordanian who reportedly attacked him with a screwdriver at the Israeli embassy compound in Amman. The guard also shot another Jordanian at the scene, and the man later died in hospital. The embassy’s crew returned to Tel Aviv following the incident.

Earlier, Momani confirmed that “the government insists on establishing justice in the embassy incident,” adding that Jordan’s government has been informed that investigations have been launched by the Israeli government, and that the Jordanian embassy is following the investigation in accordance with legal procedures.