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Israeli Embassy in Jordan to Begin Resuming Operations

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that it is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said no ambassador has been appointed yet but that there would be a “gradual reopening” of the embassy in Amman, which was surrounded with large police forces on Tuesday. A tender launched last week for a new ambassador to Jordan was in its final stages. Jordan has refused to accept the return of the previous ambassador. The embassy was closed after a shooting last summer there in which an Israeli guard…

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Report: Israel Won’t Try Security Guard in Jordan Embassy Incident

Israel will not try the security guard who shot a Jordanian citizen in 2017, a report in Reuters said. The report comes amid comments by Israeli officials that Israel had apologized to Jordan over the incident and agreed to pay reparations. Jordan had demanded that the security guard, Ziv Moyal, be tried as a condition for the reopening of the Israeli Embassy in Amman. The report comes three days after the Prime Minister’s Office stated that Israel and Jordan had come to an agreement on the incident. Both countries “accepted an agreement over the incident at the Israeli Embassy in…

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Jordan Says Israel Apologizes for Embassy Killings; Embassy in Amman to Reopen Immediately

Jordan said on Thursday that Israel has formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that has soured ties and led to the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman, state media said. Government spokesman Mohammad al Momani was quoted by state news agency Petra as saying the Israeli Foreign Ministry had sent a memorandum in which it sent its “deep regrets and apologies” and said Israel pledged to take legal steps in the case. Following the Jordanian statement, the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) confirmed that…

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Jordanian Source: Israel’s Embassy Can’t Reopen Before Legal Action Against Guard

Jordan will not allow Israel to reopen its embassy in Amman until it has launched legal proceedings against an Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanian citizens in July, a Jordanian diplomatic source said on Thursday. Israel must also be able to assure its Arab neighbor that “justice has been served” in the case, the source added. The embassy was closed shortly after Israel hastily repatriated the guard under diplomatic immunity to prevent Jordanian authorities from interrogating him and taking any legal action against him. The Israeli ambassador and embassy staff were pulled out. Israeli sources said on Wednesday…

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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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Trump Hosts King of Jordan, Says ‘a Lot of Progress’ Has Been Made in Mideast

President Donald Trump claimed Monday that “a lot of progress” has been made in the Middle East, as he welcomed King Abdullah II of Jordan to the White House for a working visit. Abdullah recently met in the region with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and top White House adviser, who has been working on a plan to help achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Trump ignored a question about when he would make the plan public, but said “we’re doing very well” in the Middle East. Kushner, who recently met in the region with top officials, including Abdullah and…

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U.S. Opens Israeli Embassy in Yerushalayim

The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Yerushalayim on Monday. “Today we open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said at the beginning of the inaugural ceremony, attended by a U.S. delegation from Washington and Israeli leaders. Friedman: The United States Leads the Way Noting the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, Friedman noted that America — which was the first country to recognize the State of Israel, under President Harry Truman — has now taken “a step awaited, voted upon, and litigated and prayed for…

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Pompeo in Jordan: Israel, Palestinian Peace Still a U.S. Priority

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains a priority for the Trump administration, despite its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its planned move of the U.S. Embassy to the city over Palestinian protests. Pompeo also said the U.S. is “fully supportive” of Israel’s right to defend itself and declined to criticize the IDF for its use of live fire against Palestinian rioters along the Gaza border. Speaking in the Jordanian capital of Amman as he wrapped up the Middle East leg of his first overseas trip as America’s top…

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New Israeli Ambassador Arrives in Amman

Amir Weisbrod, Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan, landed in Amman Monday morning to begin work. He is set to present his credentials to Jordanian officials in the coming days. Weisbrod, one of the Foreign Ministry’s most experienced diplomats, is a former head of the Middle East Desk of the Ministry, and has served as a liaison in the past in Jordan and Morocco. Israel has been without an ambassador – and an active embassy – in Jordan since last summer, after an incident in which an Israeli security guard shot a Jordanian, who eventually died of his wounds. In the…

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Jordan Accepts Israel’s Pick of Ambassador, as Ties Improve

Jordan has accepted Israel’s choice of a new ambassador for the kingdom, another sign of improving ties after a months-long crisis. Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said Thursday that the envoy, Amir Weissbrod, “can start his mission any time now.” The posting of a new Israeli ambassador would end one of the tensest episodes since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994. It began last summer when a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Jordan shot and killed two Jordanians, alleging one attacked him with a screwdriver. The Israeli guard and Israel’s then-ambassador were given a hero’s welcome…

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Dispute Brewing Over U.S. Embassy Site in Yerushalayim

The latest land dispute with the Palestinians does not involve a tiny outpost in Yehudah and Shomron. This time it’s the future location of the U.S. embassy in Yerushalayim, which may become a flashpoint with Palestinians who claim the area is theirs. Part of the projected embassy site may be in a “No Man’s Land” between East and West Yerushalayim that is claimed by the Palestinians, according to a New York Times report on Thursday. The site, in the Yerushalayim neighborhood of Arnona, is currently home of the U.S. Consulate General in Yerushalayim, and was chosen for a provisional U.S.…

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Exclusive Interview With Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

In Washington this week for the AIPAC Convention, Hamodia conducted an exclusive interview with Israel’s rising political star, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Shaked discussed her views on the peace process, her work on legal reform, and her prediction on whether the current, tenuous coalition can be maintained. At the AIPAC conference, AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr said, “We must all work … toward that future, two states for two peoples: one Jewish with secure and defensible borders and one Palestinian with its own flag and its own future.” What do you think of that statement? I think that AIPAC needs…

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Netanyahu Touts Israeli-American ‘Shared Values’ and ‘Eternal Bond’

The United States and Israel have a “beautiful alliance” resulting from their “shared values,” declared Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, resulting in an “eternal bond” between the two nations. Speaking to the 18,000 participants at the final session of the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington Tuesday, the prime minister, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and virtually all other speakers at the three-day event, emphasized that Israel does not merely accept help from other countries, but also provides intelligence, technology, and innovation to nations around the world. U.S. Ambassador David Friedman “Israel’s a major trading partner…

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Jordan Foils Terror Plot by IS-Linked Cell

Jordanian authorities said on Tuesday that they foiled a plot by terrorists linked to Islamic State to attack Israeli businessmen, the U.S. embassy and other Western targets in Amman, the country’s daily Al Rai newspaper reported. Jordan’s security forces uncovered the plot last November and arrested 17 members of the terror cell in time to prevent them from carrying out the conspiracy, the report said. The Israeli businessmen who were targeted had been tracked by the terrorists during several visits to a local clothing factory. Also on the list of targets were Jordanian intelligence office, the French Institute of Jordan,…

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Israel Names Top Diplomat as New Jordan Ambassador

Amir Weisbrod, one of the Foreign Ministry’s most experienced diplomats, was named on Thursday as Israel’s next ambassador to Jordan. Weisbrod is a former head of the Middle East Desk of the Ministry, and has served as a liaison in the past in Jordan and Morocco. His appointment must be approved by the government, with approval expected at the next Cabinet meeting Sunday. Israel has been without an ambassador – and an active embassy – in Jordan since last summer, after an incident in which an Israeli security guard shot a Jordanian, who eventually died of his wounds. In the…

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Jordan’s Abdullah Says U.S. Must Play Role in Peace Process

King Abdullah II of Jordan signed up on Sunday to the international consensus that the United States is indispensable to the Mideast peace process. “We cannot have a peace process or a peace solution without the role of the United States,” Abdullah admitted to CNN. It follows similar statements issued in recent days by the European Union and even Mahmoud Abbas himself while in Brussels last week. This is true even after President Donald Trump decided to move the U.S. embassy to Yerushalayim and to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, he said. In December, Jordan denounced Mr. Trump’s move…

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German FM Warns Israel It Faces Growing Frustration in Europe

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned Israel on Wednesday that it faced growing frustration in Europe amid concern for the future of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gabriel adopted a markedly different tone to that of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who on a visit to Israel last week embraced President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement that his administration recognizes Yerushalayim as the capital of Israel, and that it will move the U.S. embassy to the city. “With regard to the Palestinians and the Iran question, the Americans are taking your side more clearly than ever before. But…

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Jordan King Calls for Palestinian Capital in East Jerusalem

Jordan’s king affirmed his support Sunday for establishing a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, highlighting his differences with the Trump administration on a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abdullah II spoke at the start of a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who also expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I think there are very good reasons to question the theory that unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would contribute to the consolidation of peace in the Middle East,” Steinmeier was quoted as telling the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad…

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Israel Ready to Begin Restaffing Amman Embassy

With the imminent restoration of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Jordan, the Foreign Ministry has begun looking  to fill the post of ambassador in Amman. The Ministry has released an internal tender, seeking a seasoned diplomat to move to Amman and take on the job. The former ambassador, Einat Shallin, has decided that she no longer wants the job, after she was sent home last summer in the wake of an incident in which an Israeli security guard killed a Jordanian of Palestinian ancestry. The incident led to the closing of the embassy and the evacuation of Israeli staff,…

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PM Netanyahu Thanks U.S. for Help with Jordan

Israel has acknowledged the role of the U.S. in helping to end a six-month row with Jordan over a deadly incident in Israel’s embassy in Amman last summer. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses his appreciation for special envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt for the efforts they have made behind the scenes that have helped to end the crisis with Jordan,” the Prime Minister’s office tweeted on Motzoei Shabbos. Some loose ends appear to remain with Jordan, however. While Jordan claimed that Israel apologized for the self-defense killing of two of its citizens by an Israeli security guard, Mr. Netanyahu…

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