Jordan’s King calls Israeli PM to put in trial guard who shot dead two Jordanians

Jordan's King Abdullah attend a joint news conference following a meeting with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes - RTS17RK2

Vastavam web: Jordan’s King Abdullah called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to put on trial an embassy security guard who shot dead two Jordanians. He said the way the incident was handled would affect ties between the two countries.In a statement, the Jordanian monarch said Netanyahu’s behaviour towards the security guard, whom he embraced in a hero’s welcome on his return to Israel under diplomatic immunity, was “provocative on all fronts and enrages us, destabilises security and fuels extremism”.

In an incident testing already tense relations between the two neighbours, the guard shot dead a Jordanian teenager at Israel’s embassy in Amman on Sunday while a second Jordanian the landlord of the house in the compound where the security guard lived – was also shot dead. Jordanian police said on Monday that the security guard had fired on the teenager after the young man, who worked for a furniture firm and was delivering an order, got into a brawl and attacked him.

Jordan had wanted to question the guard, but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity and repatriated him. Abdullah vowed that the state would “do everything within its means” to get justice for the two slain Jordanians. Jordan is one of two Arab states with which Israel has peace treaties. In what was a rare outburst against Israel, Abdullah also cited a previous incident in which a Jordanian judge was shot in March 2014 by an Israeli soldier while crossing a border crossing that outraged Jordanians. “The way Israel handles the embassy case and the judges killing and other cases will have a direct impact on the nature of our relationship,” Abdullah said.