Jordan: ‘No deal’ with Israel over embassy killing

Jordan’s foreign minister said the government would not ‘trade with the blood of our children’, demanding the Israeli embassy agent accused of killing two Jordanians face questioning in Amman.

Jordan said there would be “no deal” over the Israeli embassy agent accused of shooting dead two Jordanians on Sunday evening.

Jordan’s foreign minister said the security agent, who holds diplomatic immunity, must provide testimony to Jordanian interrogators, despite having already left the country.

“The incident of the Israeli embassy is a criminal case and is dealt with in accordance with local and international law,” said Ayman Safadi.

“We do not trade with the blood of our children.”

Israeli authorities are expected to compensate the family of the second man who was mistakenly gunned down in the incident.

The landlord of the apartment rented by the Israeli embassy where the incident happened – Bashar Hamarneh – was mistakenly killed by an embassy guard following a stabbing attack.

Mohammed Jawawdeh, 17, who was employed to fit a bedroom set in the apartment, was shot dead after stabbing the Israeli – referred to only as ‘Ziv’ – in the back with a screwdriver.

A Jordanian security source told AFP on Sunday the Israeli was the “deputy director of security at the Israeli embassy”.

Hamarneh was caught up in the attack and reportedly killed by mistake.

Thousands turned out to Jawawdeh’s funeral in Amman on Tuesday, carrying pictures of the teenager with Palestinian and Jordanian flags, chanting “Death to Israel”.

Protesters urged King Abdullah II of Jordan to close the Israeli embassy, following Israel’s decision on Tuesday to shutter its embassy in Turkey.

A video posted by the Israeli foreign minister showed the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating the agent and the ambassador for returning safely.

“You acted well, calmly,” Netanyahu said.

The attack followed high tensions over new Israeli security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the site following an attack nearby that killed two policemen.

Palestinians view the move as Israel asserting further control over the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount.