Jordanian Court Prevents Departure of Israeli Official Involved in Sunday's Amman Attack

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

According to radio reports, Israel has dispatched a senior defense official to help resolve the crisis.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the two Jordanian citizens had entered the residential building to do carpentry, a statement by Jordan's public security directorate said on Sunday.

Jordanian security services have blocked the building.

Media reports had said the emerging deal could see the embassy security guard released in exchange for the removal of the metal detectors. Israel has defended its policies as needed security precautions. "He later died of his wounds".

Israel's Foreign Ministry did not refer to Jordanian demands, but said the guard enjoys diplomatic immunity under global conventions.

Ben David, also now an author of several spy novels, handed over the antidote when some of the other Mossad agents were caught by Jordan and Amman threatened to try them and even to break into the Israeli embassy if other agents involved were not turned over.

The attack followed violent demonstrations on Friday at the embassy in Amman.

King Abdullah's Hashemite monarchy in Jordan has been custodian of the Muslim holy sites of Jerusalem since 1924.

Israel shut off the mosque compound on July 14 after Arab Israelis attacked and killed two police officers nearby.

It said police were notified in the late afternoon of a shooting at the compound in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of Amman. The Jordan Valley, between Jordan and the Israeli-controlled area of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) is generally peaceful.

A significant percentage of Jordan's population is of Palestinian origin and a Jordanian religious authority, the Waqf, administers the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary.

The Temple Mount is in east Jerusalem which was seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community. It added that police will increase its forces in the area until the new security measures are in place. But publicly there's a "tension and unnecessary noises", he said in a conference call with the media.

Ikrema Sabri, a senior Muslim cleric, said Monday that Jerusalem's police chief, Yoram Halevi, met a day earlier with a lawyer representing the Muslim leadership to discuss solutions to the crisis.

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