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.
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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.