Israel said to replace envoy to Jordan amid row over embassy shooting probe
Khalil MAZRAAWI (AFP)
Israel is reportedly looking to replace its ambassador to Jordan amid an ongoing dispute between the two countries that erupted when an Israeli embassy security guard shot dead two Jordanian nationals in July, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The new appointment is seen as an effort to diffuse the boiling tensions over the incident. The current ambassador Einat Schlein and her staff were prohibited from returning to Jordan until the guard was brought to trial.
The embattled Israeli security guard at the center of the crisis told Israel’s police that the Jordanian teen attempted to stab him with a screwdriver at Israel's embassy in Amman and that it was nationalistically motivated, local media reported in July.
The guard's version of events differs from other accounts that suggested the stabbing was motivated by a row over the late delivery of furniture.
Jordan's King Abdullah indicated that his country's fraying diplomatic relations with Israel hinged on a trial for the embassy guard over the incident, that left both the attacker, Zakaria al-Jawadah, and an innocent bystander, Bashar Hamarneh, dead.
The sensitivity surrounding the issues sparked mass protests in Amman, calling for the government to shut the embassy down, expel the ambassador and cancel the 1994 peace treaty with Israel.
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