Nearly six months after a shooting incident in Jordan, in which an Israeli embassy employee killed a local who attacked him in his home, Israel and Jordan have announced they have reached agreements and are renewing their bilateral relations.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and security guard Ziv Moyal upon their return to Israel Photo credit: Chaim Tzach, GPO
Israel has agreed to apologize to Jordan for a shooting incident that occurred in July, Jordanian media outlets reported on Thursday. The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has officially confirmed that agreements have been made between the two bordering countries and that the Israeli embassy in Jordan will soon be reopened.
According to the Israeli statement, the recent talks between Israel and Jordan also covered a 2014 incident in which a Jordanian judge was killed at the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing. “Israel regards the strategic relations with Jordan as highly important,” the statement read, “and the two countries will continue to work together to further strengthen their bilateral peace treaty.”
On July 23, a Jordanian man of Palestinian origin attacked Israeli security guard Ziv Moyal with a screwdriver, whereupon Moyal killed the assailant. A second Jordanian also died in the incident. Moyal worked as a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Amman.
According to Jordanian reports, Israel has also agreed to compensate the victims’ families and to continue the investigation into the incident.
Moyal was flown back to Israel following the incident, as he was facing threats from the assailant’s family, who demanded that he be put on trial and sentenced to death. The Israeli Ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlein, was returned to Israel as well.