Report: Jordan Won't Agree to Return of Israeli Embassy Staff Unless Guard Stands Trial

Demand was relayed to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in connection with an incident last month in which a security guard killed two Jordanians after one of them attacked him

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Ambassador to Amman, Einat Schlein, and embassy security guard meeting with Netanyahu.
Ambassador to Amman, Einat Schlein, and embassy security guard, later identified as Ziv Moyal, meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office, July 25, 2017.Credit: Haim Tzach/GPO

The Jordanian government is barring the return to Amman of the Israeli embassy staff there unless the Jordanians receive guarantees that Ziv Moyal, an Israeli embassy guard who shot and killed two Jordanians last month in Amman, will be investigated and put on trial for his actions, the Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour reported on Sunday. The newspaper said the demand was made in a letter sent last Wednesday to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

According to the embassy, Moyal, who was lightly wounded in the incident, shot the two Jordanians after one of them, Mohammed al-Juoda, a 17-year-old Jordanian carpenter of Palestinian background who was installing furniture in Moyal's apartment at the embassy compound, stabbed him in the back with a screwdriver. A bystander, Moyal's landlord, who was shot in the incident, later died of his injuries.

Moyal fled to the embassy, which was put on lockdown, Israel then negotiated the return to Israel of the embassy staff, including Ambassador Einat Schlein and the guard. It was believed that Juoda carried out the stabbing for anti-Israeli political reasons against the backdrop of tensions over Jerusalem's Temple Mount at the time.

About two weeks ago, the Israeli prosecutor's office instructed the Israel Police to investigate the Amman incident based on a request from Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit. 

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