Diplomatic crisis: Shin Bet chief returns from negotiations in Jordan

While the Israeli Embassy in Amman’s employees are still on lockdown following the shooting incident that is at the heart of the most recent diplomatic crisis between the two countries, a senior level Israeli official updated Netanyahu concerning recent developments. Netanyahu reassured the security guard that he would return to Israel.
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman Photo Credit: Shin Bet communications/Channel 2 News

This evening (Monday), it was released for publication that Shin Bet Chief Nadav Argaman was the senior level Israeli security official sent to Jordan in an attempt to end the diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Argaman met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and updated him about developments in the negotiation process to bring the Israeli embassy’s security guard home. Later today, Netanyahu is supposed to speak with Jordanian King Abdullah II in order to try to end the crisis.

Netanyahu clarified on Monday at the beginning of his meeting with the Georgian prime minister that he promised the security guard that Israel will make sure that he is returned home. “We are experienced in this,” he added.

“I spoke last night twice with Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and the security guard,” he added. “I got the impression that she is handling the situation well there. I told them both that we are in constant contact with security and government officials in Amman at all levels in order to bring about the quickest possible end to the situation.”

Netanyahu added that Schlein arrived at the Israeli Foreign Affair’s Ministry this morning for a meeting. The Israeli prime minister is expected to speak over the phone with Jordan’s King Abdullah II later today in order to try to resolve the crisis brewing between the two countries. 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.

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