Jordan threatens Israel with diplomatic actions if security guard is not handed over

The Israeli embassy in Amman is still on lockdown after last night’s incident involving a security guard who works at the compound and a 17-year-old Jordanian. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II are expected to speak today about the matter.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO/Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah II are expected to speak over the phone today (Monday) in order to try to resolve the crisis brewing between the two countries. Various Israeli security officials are holding talks with their Jordanian counterparts also in an attempt to resolve the matter. Meanwhile, a Jordanian government official said that if Israel does not hand over the security guard who shot a 17-year-old who attacked him and apparently two others, Amman will take diplomatic action.

Two Jordanian officials confirmed while speaking with a local media outlet that Amman is refusing to allow the security guard, who is currently in the Israeli embassy building, to leave the country. The two said that Jordan is demanding that Israel hand over the security guard so that the authorities can question him and start the necessary legal proceedings against him.

Last night, Israeli officials talked with the security guard and his coworkers, who are being kept at the embassy for the time being. As reported by JOL earlier today, the 17-year-old arrived at the apartment of the security guard, which is located near the embassy, in order to carry out carpentry work. It appears that a dispute broke out between the 17-year-old and either the security guard or the Jordanian apartment owner. The young Jordanian allegedly attacked some of the people in the apartment with a screwdriver before the security guard shot and neutralized him. He later succumbed to his wounds. The family of the assailant is demanding that the security guard stand trial and receive the death penalty.

Amman, last night Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The father of Mohammed Zakaria al-Jawawdeh, the 17-year-old, shared his version of the story. “We didn’t know they were Jews,” he said. “If we would have known this, we wouldn’t have let them enter the store.”

“He’s a young student,” the father continued, referring to his son. “We are in the middle of the summer vacation. The boy went with his friends to get money for work they did in a bedroom. There was a dispute between them and the man who was there. We didn’t know that they were armed.”

“Our son argued with this man and we don’t know if he slapped him or punched him,” the father told Jordanian media outlets. “But how do you draw your weapon and in cold blood shoot him. What is he? A bug? This is all of the truth, this is what happened and I hope our voice will reach the whole world.”

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