Shin Bet to Investigate Guard in Jordan Embassy Shooting

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Ziv, the Israeli guard involved in the incident at the Jordan embassy complex. (Haim Zach/GPO)

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 Shai Nitzan are said to be personally supervising the investigation, due to the highly sensitive nature of the case.

While Jordanian officials have privately accepted the Israeli version of events, that the guard opened fire in response to a stabbing attack with a screwdriver by 17-year-old Mohammad Jawawdah, whom he shot dead, along with the building’s landlord who was killed by shrapnel as he tried to stop the assailant, in public they are demanding prosecution.

Senior Israeli security officials were quoted as saying that the death of the landlord was completely inadvertent, and that Israel intends to pay a generous compensation to his family.

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