Friday, 22 February, 2019

Israeli Embassy Guard Won't Stand Trial for Killing Jordanian Terrorist

Israeli Embassy Guard Won't Stand Trial for Killing Jordanian Terrorist Israeli Embassy Guard Won't Stand Trial for Killing Jordanian Terrorist
Melinda Barton | 23 January, 2018, 08:54

Israel won't prosecute the security guard responsible for the killing of two Jordanians outside the Amman embassy a year ago, despite demands by Jordan for legal proceedings to commence, reported Reuters on Sunday citing Israeli sources.

Over the past few years, a number of Jordanian citizens have committed terror attacks against Israelis, Jordan has yet to apologize for a single attack.

The Reuters report came a day after Jordanian news outlets reported that Israel had paid $5 million to the families of the man and teen shot dead my Moyal, as well as the kin of a Jordanian judge killed in a separate incident in 2014.

The King has vowed never to normalise relations with Israel or restore diplomatic relations with it until these wrongful killings are juridically accounted for and the culprits brought to justice by a court of law and the families of the deceased are fully compensated. Israel has maintained he acted in self-defense.

The al-Rai newspaper said the Israeli compensation would be transferred to the families by the Jordanian government.

Israel and Jordan have reached an agreement ending diplomatic tensions that began last summer when an Israeli security guard at the Jewish State's embassy in Amman killed two Jordanians following an attack against that embassy and the killing of a Jordanian citizen in March 2014, the Israeli foreign ministry said. Jordan has said it will not allow the reopening of the embassy until it has launched legal proceedings against the Israeli security guard.

Contrary to statements released today the previous Israeli release did not address that claim, saying only that "the Israeli authorities will continue reviewing the materials regarding the July 2017 incident and anticipate making a decision in the coming weeks".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs the security officer from the Israeli embassy in Amman Jordan who was stabbed by a terrorist.

On Friday, Netanyahu also said Israel had not apologized to the Jordanians, but had told them that it "expresses regret".

Money was also given to the Zeiter's family, according to Jordanian media.