Report: Jordan won’t allow return of Israeli embassy to Amman before prosecution of guard

According to Sky News Arabia, sources in the Hashemite Kingdom won’t allow the Israeli embassy to return to Amman before the security guard who killed two Jordanians will be prosecuted.
Netanyahu and Abdullah Photo credit: Kobi Gidon/GPO/ Channel 2 News

According to a Sky News Arabia report, today (Thursday), Jordan decided that it won’t allow the Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and the embassy’s staff to return to Amman unless the security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians will be prosecuted.

It is still unclear what sources the news outlet relied on and who is behind the decision. Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry hasn’t responded to the report. Even after the security guard returned to Israel and after two conversations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, there are still tensions between the two countries.

The Jordanian assailant Photo credit: Channel 2 News

As reported by JOL, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi was forced to convene a press conference today in which he vehemently denied that there had been a diplomatic deal that allowed the Israeli security guard to be set free.

Netanyahu met with Schlein and the guard following their return to Israel.  “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.  

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