Netanyahu thanks US for its efforts in solving Israel’s diplomatic crisis with Jordan


Published: 2018-01-21 11:39

Last Updated: 2018-01-23 13:40

The Israeli embassy in Amman was closed since July 2017. (Archive)
The Israeli embassy in Amman was closed since July 2017. (Archive)
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The office of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, thanked the US President's senior advisor, Jared Kushner, for their efforts to solve the political crisis with Jordan.

Netanyahu’s office official twitter account posted:
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses his appreciation for @jaredkushner and @jdgreenblatt45 [special envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt] for the efforts they have made behind the scenes that have helped to end the crisis with Jordan.”

Earlier on Thursday, the Jordanian government announced it accepted Israel’s apology for the embassy’s incident, in which two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli security guard in July, and another incident when a Jordanian Judge was shot dead by the Israeli military at the Allenby Bridge border crossing in March 2014.

The government said that it will be carrying out and following up the necessary legal procedures in regards to the embassy incident, while it will compensate the families of martyrs Mohammed Al- Jawawdeh and Dr. Bashar Al-Hamarneh.

An official memorandum from the Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed their government's deep regret regarding the incident that happened in July 2017, which resulted in the death of two Jordanian citizens, and over the incident of the Jordanian Judge Zu'aitar.

The Israeli government promised to provide compensation to the families of the three martyrs, the Minister of Media Affairs, Mohammad Al Momani said.

Families of the martyrs also accepted the Israeli government's apology and their compensation, he added.

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 in July 2017.

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.

Momani then 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.

Jordan also 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.