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

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King Abdullah II of Jordan. (Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

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 diplomatic immunity, was “provocative on all fronts and enrages us, destabilizes security and fuels extremism.”

Sunday’s fatal shooting incident tested already tense relations between Israel and Jordan, one of two Arab states with which it has peace treaties. Jordan had wanted to question the guard, but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity and repatriated him.