Israel, Jordan deal with diplomatic crisis after embassy attack

July 24 (UPI) — A security guard involved in an attack at Israel’s embassy in Amman, Jordan, this weekend is not being allowed to leave the country — triggering a diplomatic crisis between the two nations.

The unidentified guard was stabbed Sunday with a screwdriver, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday, by a Jordanian man who was in the Israeli embassy to install furniture.

The guard shot and killed the attacker. A second person, the building’s landlord, was also shot dead in the incident.

Jordan is not allowing the guard to leave the country, and Israel has confined its staff at the embassy to the embassy grounds. Israel said that, under the rules of the 1961 Vienna Convention, the guard has immunity from detention and investigation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he will arrange the return of the guard to Israel.

Netanyahu said all diplomatic channels are being used, and that he’s spoken numerous times to Einat Schlein, Israel’s ambassador to Jordan.

“I was impressed that she is handling the matter in the best way possible,” Netanyahu said. “I promised the security guard that we will bring him back. We are experienced with this.”

Sunday’s incident is among the most serious since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994, the BBC reported Monday.


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