Crisis with Jordan: Wounded security guard returns to Israel
Israeli-Jordanian crisis ends, Israeli Prime Minister welcomes wounded security guard in IsraelIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan and the wounded security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians and was returned to Israel.
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Today (Tuesday), following the end of the Israeli-Jordanian diplomatic rift, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and the wounded security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians. “I’m happy to see you,” Netanyahu said. “I’m happy that things ended the way they did.” The security guard thanked Netanyahu for bringing him back home.
“You operated well,” Netanyahu added. “You were composed and we had a commitment to get you out of there. It was only a question of time and I’m glad that it took so little. You represent Israel and we don’t forget it for one second.”
“I feel like a heavy weight has been taken off my shoulders,” the security guard said. “Einat (Schlein) and I felt that the country was standing behind us and was doing all that it could to help. I’m glad that we are here.”
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the return of the emissaries was made possible thanks to close cooperation between Israel and Jordan during the last 24 hours.
President Reuven Rivlin also welcomed the staff upon their return to Israel. “After a long and tense day, I wish to welcome our embassy’s staff in Jordan upon their return home,” he said. “The longstanding cooperation of the State of Israel with the Hashemite Kingdom and King Abdullah, who was again able to assist us wisely, was a significant part of ending the crisis.”
As reported earlier today by JOL, the Israeli Security Cabinet decided that it will accept the security authorities’ recommendation to remove the security measures installed at the Temple Mount. The Security Cabinet agreed to replace these means with a technologically advanced security inspection, which was also agreed upon by the Jordanians. However, the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf refuses to accept the new security measures.
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