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Israel, Jordan deal with diplomatic crisis after embassy attack

30 July 2017, 01:05 | Katrina Lee

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to bring home the security guard at Israel's embassy in Jordan who was wounded during an attack on Sunday night back to Israel.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace deal in 1994, but the agreement remains deeply unpopular in the kingdom where many residents are of Palestinian origin. Israel prevented Jordanian security officials from questioning Israeli security personnel on grounds of immunity under the Vienna Convention, security sources told ANSA.

Speaking to CNN Arabic, Zakaria Al-Jawawda, owner of the furniture store and father of the 17-year-old carpenter, said he rejected the accusation that his son stabbed the Israeli guard, demanding the trial of his "son's killer".

Israel has taken over control over East Jerusalem in the 1967 war, but the mosque compound has been managed by Jordanian religious authorities supervised by the Jordanian government.

Israel's Security Cabinet met for several hours Monday evening in an effort to resolve the crisis over security measures on the Temple Mount and the escalating diplomatic crisis with Jordan.

"We have started a large-scale investigation into the incident and ordered the prosecutor general to look at all the details", Jordanian police said in a statement.

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Israel has in the past given repeated assurances that it understands Jordan's concerns and does not seek to alter the status quo in the Muslim holy sites of Jerusalem.

The guard then shot the Jordanian worker and the Jordanian landlord standing next to him, the public security directorate said. The Israeli guard was lightly wounded. The guard shot and killed the assailant.

Jordan has called for the removal of the metal detectors and thousands of Jordanians have protested against the Israeli move.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday Israel is working to calm the situation in Jerusalem following a flare-up of violence, but it will do whatever is necessary to maintain security at a holy site. Since the ruling, Abu Tayeh's tribe, the Howeitat, an important supporter of Hashemite rule, has been protesting and angrily denouncing the monarchy for the USA military presence in the kingdom and criticizing the Jordanian military for "abandon [ing] [Abu Tayeh] instead of protecting him".

On Sunday, the Israeli government installed security cameras in the area.

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