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Jordan Reiterates: Israeli Embassy to Remain Closed Until Security Guard’s Trial

  Israel’s embassy in Jordan is still closed, and will remain so, said Mohammed al-Moumani, Jordan’s Minister for Media Affairs. That state of affairs will continue until Ziv Moyal, the security guard who killed two Jordanians defending himself from a terror attack in July, is put on trial. Al-Moumani said that Moyal is a “murderer” and must be tried on murder charges. The incident in July that resulted in a diplomatic brouhaha took place at an apartment rented by the Israeli embassy in Amman, in which Ziv Moyal, a security guard at the embassy, was attacked by a terrorist. Moyal…

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Embassy Rift Hangs Up Jordan Water-Sharing

The diplomatic rift between Israel and Jordan over an incident in which a guard at the embassy in Amman killed two Jordanian citizens is now hindering progress on a $10 billion water deal, according to media reports. Senior officials were quoted as saying that Yerushalayim has notified Amman that the water project will not move forward until Ambassador Einat Schlein and her staff are permitted to return to the embassy. The project, a pipeline transferring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, was in the final planning stages when the incident occurred. They told Channel 10 that the…

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Jordan Doubles Down on Ban of Israeli Diplomatic Staff

Sources in Amman said over the weekend that Jordan will not re-admit Israel’s diplomatic staff, including the Israeli ambassador to Jordan, without a clear commitment from Israel that it will prosecute Ziv Moyal, the security guard who killed two Jordanians while defending himself from a terror attack. The report in the Jordanian Al-Dustur newspaper said that Jordan’s Foreign Ministry made clear the country’s position in a letter to Israeli officials last Wednesday. The transmission of the message by Jordan was reported Sunday in Haaretz, which quoted Al-Dustur. The incident last month that resulted in a diplomatic brouhaha took place at…

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Report: Jordan Mounts Diplomatic Offensive Against Israel

Diplomatic fallout from the deadly incident involving an Israel security guard in the embassy in Amman, continues with reports of a follow-up Jordanian campaign to discredit Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and lend support to the Palestinians. While the Jordanian daily al-Ghad said on Sunday that the country is considering its “diplomatic options” against Israel over the incident, the London-based pan-Arabic paper Rai al-Youm reported that a multiple response has already been launched. The Jordanians, reportedly infuriated by Netanyahu’s warm welcome for the security guard who killed two people while fending off a terrorist attack by one of them, plan…

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Shin Bet to Investigate Guard in Jordan Embassy Shooting

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has directed the Shin Bet to conduct a formal investigation of the incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman, when a security guard acting in self-defense shot killed two Jordanians, Ynet reported on Sunday. Jordan’s King Abdullah has said that the Israeli ambassador and embassy staff will not be permitted to return to Amman until the guard is put on trial. Over the weekend, Israel reportedly promised Jordan that it will investigate what happened and pass the findings on to them. However, no promise was made of a trial. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and State Prosecutor…

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Jordan’s King Thanks President Trump for U.S. Role in Har HaBayis Crisis

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has told President Donald Trump that further coordination is important to prevent renewed tensions over Har HaBayis. The Royal Court says the monarch also told PresidentTrump in a phone call Friday that he valued the “key role” the U.S played in defusing the latest crisis. Abdullah told Trump it is important to maintain the status quo at the site, a frequent flashpoint of Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Jordan serves as custodian of the site. The last vestige of a promise of advanced security at Har HaBayis were removed early Thursday, after other security measures installed two weeks ago…

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Jordan’s King Calls on Israel to Put Guard Who Killed Two Jordanians to Trial

Jordan’s King Abdullah called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to put on trial an Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians – one a terrorist carrying out an attack at the Israeli embassy, and the other an innocent bystander who was accidentally hit when the guard fired at the terrorist. Abduallh warned that the way the incident is handled would directly affect ties between the two countries. In a statement by the royal court, the Jordanian monarch also said Netanyahu’s behavior towards the security guard, whom he embraced in a hero’s welcome after he returned back to Israel under…

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Report: Israeli Ambassador in Jordan to Be Banned Until Security Guard Trial

While the Israeli security guard who shot an Arab terrorist after a stabbing attack was granted an exit permit to go home, Israel’s ambassador to Jordan will not be allowed to return to Amman, according to reports in Jordanian media Thursday. The reports quoted Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman a-Safadi as saying that the ambassador would be banned from returning to Jordan until the security guard, known as Ziv, was put on trial for “murdering” two Jordanian citizens. The guard shot a 17-year-old terrorist Sunday night who attacked him while doing work in an apartment rented by the Israeli embassy in Amman.…

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Jordan Embassy Security Guard to Be Questioned by Police

The Israeli security guard who was attacked by a terrorist and shot two people in defense in Jordan is to be questioned by Israeli police. Police said in a statement that the questioning is required under international law, as the security guard was sent back home Monday after Israel claimed that he was covered by diplomatic immunity. The guard, known as Ziv, shot a 17-year-old terrorist Sunday night who attacked him while doing work in an apartment rented by the Israeli embassy in Amman. Wounded in the incident – and eventually dying of his wounds – was the owner of…

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Trump Ordered Kushner, Greenblatt into Action in Jordan Crisis

Although President Donald Trump has played no public role in the tensions afflicting the Middle East in recent days, his envoys, acting on his personal instructions, were instrumental in defusing the crisis between Israel and Jordan, according to a report in Haaretz on Tuesday. On Sunday night, as the standoff between Yerushalayim and Amman over the fate of the security guard who shot a Jordanian assailant appeared to take on a grim intransigence, with Jordanian troops cordoning off the embassy compound, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought help from the U.S. His attempts to reach King Abdullah, who was in…

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Jordanians in Uproar Over Deal With Israel

Jordan was in an uproar on Tuesday in the wake of the government’s decision to allow an Israeli security guard who killed a terrorist assailant to return to Israel instead of being handed over to Jordanian police. During the funeral in Amman of the 17-year-old who was shot dead by the guard in the Israeli embassy, people chanted “Death to Israel” and “We will go to Yerushalayim as martyrs by the millions.” Several thousand Jordanians demanded the closure of the Israeli embassy and the scrapping of the peace treaty, which is widely unpopular. Dozens of demonstrators chanted “No to an…

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Israeli Security Guard Returns Home in Jordan Deal

The Israeli security guard at the center of a diplomatic crisis with Jordan was allowed to return home on Monday night in a deal that was the result of intensive negotiations all through the day and evening. The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement saying that the guard and other embassy staffers crossed over to Israel via the Allenby Bridge, bringing a happy ending to their 28-hour ordeal during which all were locked down in the embassy compound. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke to both Ambassador to Jordan Einat Shalin and the security guard upon their arrival at the Allenby…

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Danon: Jordanian Crisis to Be Resolved ‘Shortly’

Israel’s U.N. ambassador says he believes the standoff with Jordan over the killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli security guard near Israel’s embassy in Amman will be resolved “shortly.” Danny Danon told reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday that “we are resolving it with the Jordanians.” Jordan wants to investigate the guard who opened fire and has prevented staff from leaving the premises. Israel has invoked diplomatic immunity for the guard and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised to bring him home. Earlier on Monday, a senior Israeli defense official — later identified as Shin Bet…

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Ex-Mossad Chief Offers to Mediate Israel-Jordan

A former head of the Mossad intelligence agency who was at the center of the last major crisis with Jordan says that a deal could be reached to pacify Amman as well as cool tensions at Har HaBayis. Danny Yatom said Monday that Israel should remove metal detectors from outside Har HaBayis, administered by a Jordanian religious body, in return for Amman releasing Israeli staff. Israel set up the security devices after Arab terrorists killed two Israeli policemen at the site. The move incensed the Muslim world. A shooting at Israel’s embassy in Jordan further complicated the crisis. Jordan wants…

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PM Promises Security Guard Stuck in Jordan: We’ll Get You Home

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke Monday afternoon with the Israeli security guard who is holed up in the Israeli embassy in Amman. Netanyahu said the government was “carrying out discussions at all levels with security officials in Israel and the government in Amman in order to bring this situation to a resolution. We are doing everything we can to bring our people home.” Regarding the security guard, Netanyahu said, “I have spoken to him and I promised we would get him home. We are very experienced at doing that.” A meeting of the security cabinet on the diplomatic crisis with…

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Security Cabinet to Meet Over Jordan Diplomatic Crisis

The Security Cabinet will meet Monday afternoon to discuss the diplomatic crisis with Jordan in the wake of Sunday night’s stabbing and shooting incident in an apartment belonging to the Israel Embassy in Amman. Jordan is demanding that Israel surrender for questioning the security guard who shot and killed a Jordanian who stabbed him. Israel has refused to do so, claiming that the security guard has diplomatic immunity. A second Jordanian citizen who was wounded in the incident – the owner of the apartment – has died as well. The stabber was a 17-year-old Jordanian who was doing carpentry work…

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Israeli Embassy Official in Amman Seriously Wounded in Attack

Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli was wounded by gunfire Sunday in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan’s capital, the kingdom’s Public Security Directorate said. Before the shooting, Jordanians had entered the apartment building for carpentry work, the statement said. It did not say what triggered the shooting. Three people were initially wounded in the incident, the security agency said. Two Jordanians later died, according to the agency and the news site Hala Akhbar, linked to the Jordanian military. One of the Jordanians killed was a physician at the scene, the security agency…

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Jordanian Soldier Sentenced for Life in Killing of 3 American Troops

A military court convicted a Jordanian soldier on Monday in the shooting deaths of three U.S. military trainers at a Jordanian air base and sentenced him to life in prison with hard labor. The defendant had pleaded “not guilty,” saying he opened fire because he feared the base was coming under attack. As he was led out of the courtroom, 1st Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha said: “I have all the respect for the king, but I was doing my job.” The parents of one of the slain U.S. soldiers and the father and sister of another sat quietly as the judge…

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Israel Answers Tillerson on Embassy Move

With the Mideast trip of U.S. President Donald Trump moving closer, speculation about his intentions and maneuvering ahead of the event continued on Sunday. In response to a statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Trump is carefully considering the possibility of moving the U.S. embassy to Yerushalayim, and that he is aware that it could prove harmful to the peace process, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu dissented. “Israel has clearly stated its position to Israel and to the world multiple times. Moving the embassy to Yerushalayim won’t harm the peace process. The opposite is true. It will advance…

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Tillerson: President Trump Weighs Embassy Move Impact on Mideast Peace

President Donald Trump is assessing whether moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Yerushalayim would help or hurt prospects for clinching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, revealing President Trump’s criteria for a decision that could reverberate throughout the volatile Middle East. Since taking office, Mr. Trump has backed away from his campaign pledge to move the embassy in a gesture to Israel, instead saying he’s still studying the issue. But Tillerson linked President Trump’s deliberations directly to his aspirations for brokering Mideast peace. “The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision…

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