Report: Jordan Transfers Compensation From Israel to Families of Victims in Embassy Shooting

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Jordanian police guard Israel's embassy in Amman, January 6, 2003.
Jordanian police guard Israel's embassy in Amman, January 6, 2003.Credit: Reuters

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.

The two men killed in the July incident were Mohammed Jawawdeh and Dr. Bashar Hamarneh.  Following the shooting, Israel described the fatal incident as a “terrorist attack” and said the armed guard opened fire after being attacked and lightly wounded by a Jordanian workman, who was delivering furniture at his home within the embassy compound, and acted in self-defense.

Israel hastily repatriated the guard under diplomatic immunity to prevent Jordanian authorities from interrogating him and taking any legal action against him.

A televised welcome and hero's embrace by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the guard enraged Jordan's King Abdullah. In a rare outburst, the monarch accused Netanyahu of using the incident as a "political show," saying it was "provocative on all fronts."

The Israeli embassy in Amman was promptly closed and the Israeli ambassador and embassy staff were pulled out. Jordan has said it will not allow the reopening of the embassy until it has launched legal proceedings against the Israeli security guard. 

Compensation will also be paid to the family of Judge Raed Zeiter, who was shot to death by an Israeli security guard at the Jordan River crossing in 2014.

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