The Jordanian Foreign Ministry on Monday called in Israel's ambassador, Daniel Nevo, for a dressing-down over statements he made there were perceived as derogatory about the country's parliament, diplomatic sources in Jordan said.
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Nevo is reported to have said that the Jordanian parliament involves itself in petty issues and has no influence on diplomatic decisions. The statement prompted the parliament's speaker to ask the government to take action against the ambassador, Al Ghad newspaper reported.
Jordanian Information Minister Mohammad Momani said the government had asked Nevo to come to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to explain himself. He added that Jordan would send an official protest to Israel and take whatever other steps were necessary.
Earlier Monday, the Israeli embassy in Amman lodged a protest with the Jordanian Foreign Ministry after Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour sent a letter of condolences to the family of the two Palestinian terrorists who killed four civilians and a police officer in a Jerusalem synagogue last week.
In its letter of protest, the Israeli embassy included a series of anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli caricatures that were recently published in the Jordanian media, emphasizing the incitement and escalation caused by these publications. The letter was sent on Friday evening to the families of Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal, Channel 2 said.
The assailants, Palestinians from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukaber, entered the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in the west Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof synagogue on Tuesday morning with knives, axes and guns and attacked worshipers. The two were killed in a shootout with police.
According to Channel 2 report, Ensour wrote in his letter to the family: "I ask Allah to wrap them abundantly with mercy, and with his contentment, and that he will give all of you patience, recovery from the agony and good comfort." It was also decided that the families would be able to receive condolences on Thursday and Friday in Jordan's capital, Amman, Channel 2 reported.
Members of the Jordanian parliament read portions from the Koran in memory of the two Palestinians – despite Jordan's official condemnation of the incident.