Jordan: Israel embassy can only reopen once security guard is tried

Jordan has said it refuses to allow the return of the Israeli diplomatic mission to Amman unless the Israeli Ambassador Einat Schlein is replaced, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

The Kingdom also wants the security guard who killed two Jordanians to be brought to justice. In late July, the Israeli embassy guard, a Shin Bet agent, left for Israel after shooting a Jordanian man and a 17-year-old carpenter who was installing furniture at an Israeli embassy block. The victims were later identified as Mohamed Al-Jawawdeh, a Palestinian Muslim who was a refugee in Jordan, and a Jordanian Christian doctor, Bashar Hamarneh.

The channel said that Jordan has officially informed the Israeli Foreign Ministry that it does not want Schlein to return to the embassy in Amman. The Israeli diplomatic mission left the Jordanian capital in the aftermath of the attack.

A spokesman of the Jordanian government, Mohammed Momani, said yesterday that the embassy will not open until Israel complies with international law.

Israel had said that the security guard had acted in self-defence and therefore would not stand trial.

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