Jordan’s King Abdullah: “Getting justice is at the top of our priorities”

During a meeting with Jordanian ministers, King Abdullah II said that he is committed to “getting justice” for the two Jordanians who were shot and killed by an Israeli security guard near the embassy in Amman. Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Jordanian government criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

While Israel continues to look into the incident near the embassy in Amman involving an Israeli security guard who shot and killed two Jordanians, the tensions between the countries continue to rise. During a meeting with Jordanian ministers, King Abdullah II said that Jordan will continue to protect its citizens. “Israel must take the necessary legal steps so that justice can be served,” he said.

“Getting justice is at the top of our priorities and we are following the steps that Israel is taking closely,” the king continued. The ministers also discussed with their leader the situation in Jerusalem in light of the Temple Mount incidents. Abdullah said the efforts regarding Al-Aqsa continue and have not been affected by the rift between Israel and Jordan. “All of the means we are using are supposed to continuously protect the Al-Aqsa mosque,” he said. “We are closely keeping an eye on what’s happening but the challenge there is political, not just [a matter of] security.”

Earlier today, the spokesperson for the Jordanian government commented on the shooting incident and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conduct. “We believe that the behavior of the prime minister regarding this topic was provocative and unacceptable,” he said during an interview with Al Arabiya. “He wanted to get good ratings in the polls in Israel at the expense of the commitments to international law and the Vienna Convention. This isn’t how leaders of countries behave.”

“While Israel is trying to be accepted by the countries of the region, we see that its prime minister is acting in a way that is completely opposite to that,” he added. “We are clarifying that this behavior does not contribute to the development of the ties between Israel and its neighbors.”



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