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Newsline: Jordan set to approve new Israeli ambassador

Jordan is expected to approve the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported on Sunday. Jordan is expected to approve the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to the kingdom, the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad reported on Sunday. Last month, the Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of Amir Weissbrod as Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan. The announcement came after Israel and Jordan reached an agreement to end a diplomatic standoff over the July 23, 2017, shooting deaths of two Jordanian men by an Israeli embassy security guard. Israel says the guard opened fire in self-defense after being attacked by one of the men. The Jordanian foreign ministry is holding consultations and pursuing diplomatic procedures regarding the appointment of the new Israeli ambassador to Jordan, Sunday’s report said.



Newsline: Jordan receives request from Israel to nominate new ambassador

Jordan said on Monday it received a letter from Israel nominating a new Israeli ambassador to the Kingdom, a government official said Monday. “We received a request from Israel nominating an Israeli ambassador to Amman. The request was sent to the concerned authorities seeking their opinion,” Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani told reporters. “The foreign ministry is taking necessary diplomatic measures in this regard,” the minister said during a press conference Monday. Jordanian officials have indicated recently that Jordan and Israel are going ahead with all preparations to reopen the Israeli embassy, prepare for the return of Israeli embassy staff to Amman and resume relations. Last month, Israel named a veteran diplomat to Jordan. The Israeli foreign ministry named Amir Weissbrod as the new ambassador. Weissbrod has reportedly worked as a diplomat in Amman and is an expert in Middle East affairs and Islamic movements. In January, Israel officially apologised for an incident in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians, and the killing of Jordanian Judge Raed Zuaiter by Israeli troops in 2014, while crossing to the West Bank.


Newsline: Israel gradually reopens embassy in Jordan after end of spat

Israel says it is reopening its embassy in Jordan after the two countries put a months long diplomatic spat behind them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Tuesday that there will be a “gradual reopening” of the embassy in Amman but that no ambassador has been appointed yet. The embassy was closed after a shooting last summer there in which two Jordanians were killed. Israel’s ambassador returned to Israel along with the guard involved in the shooting. The guard claimed self-defense and received a hero’s welcome at home, angering Jordanians. The incident ruptured relations between the countries which signed a peace agreement in 1994 and cooperate on security and other issues. Israel has since reportedly expressed regret for the incident and offered compensation to the victims.



Newsline: Netanyahu thanks US for ‘behind-the-scenes’ work to end Jordan embassy impasse

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday thanked the United States for its “behind-the-scenes efforts” to solve Israel’s diplomatic standoff with Jordan over a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday thanked the United States for its “behind-the-scenes efforts” to solve Israel’s diplomatic standoff with Jordan over a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to [Jared] Kushner and [Jason] Greenblatt for their behind-the-scenes efforts, which helped solve the crisis,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. Following the July incident, in which an Israeli security guard shot dead two Jordanians after one allegedly attacked him, Jordan had prevented Israel from reopening its embassy or returning its ambassador to Amman in protest of the warm reception given to the guard and embassy staff upon their return to Israel in the immediate aftermath of the incident. Israel will pay $5 million in compensation to the families, diplomats in Jordan told the al-Rai newspaper Saturday. Israeli officials have previously said an undisclosed sum would be paid to the Jordanian government and not to the families. The paper reported that the sum will be transferred by Jordan’s leaders to the families.



Newsline: Israel Paid Compensation to Families of Victims in Jordan Embassy Shooting

Israel paid 5 million dollars in compensation to the families of the Jordanians killed by the Israeli embassy security guard in Amman in July, said a report in the Jordanian Al-Ad newspaper on Saturday. Sources close to the three families said that the Jordanian government transferred the sum upon receiving it from Israel. The families agreed to the arrangement, and accepted Israel’s formal apology. On Thursday, Jordan said Israel apologized formally for the death of the two citizens killed last July. Speaking to journalists on his returning with him from India, Netanyahu expressed regret and confirmed that Israel would pay the Jordanian government compensation for the death of the two citizens, but will not award compensation to the family of the victims. The Prime Minister’s Office said that Israel and Jordan had reached an agreement on the embassy killing, as well as the incident in which a Jordanian judge was killed in March 2014. Israel added that its embassy will resume full activity immediately.



Newsline: Jordan says Israel apologizes for deaths of two Jordanians at embassy

Jordan said that Israel had formally apologized for the deaths of two of its citizens killed by an Israeli security guard last July in an incident that 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 expressing “deep regrets and apologies” over the incident at the embassy and pledging to take legal action in the case. Jordan had said it would not allow Israel to reopen its embassy in Amman until it launched legal proceedings against the security guard. The Israeli prime minister’s office said on Thursday that the embassy in Amman would resume full operations immediately.



Newsline: Jordanians demand closure of US embassy in Amman

Hundreds of Jordanians have demonstrated in front of the US embassy in Amman, demanding its closure and the expulsion of the US charge d’affaires from Jordan in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. President Donald Trump issued a statement on Wednesday proclaiming the US decision and preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jordanian parliamentary political blocs, Islamist movements and independents had called for protests on Friday across Jordanian cities and in front of the US embassy in Amman in protest of the US decision. The US embassy in Amman issued a statement on Thursday suspending public services and limiting the public movement of its staff.