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Israel won’t prosecute embassy guard over Jordan shootings

MEMO | January 21, 2018

Israel will not prosecute a guard from its embassy in Amman who killed two Jordanians in July, as had long been demanded by the kingdom, two Israeli sources said to Reuters on Sunday.

Instead, the Foreign Ministry and Shin Bet security agency will review protocols surrounding the actions taken by the guard, Ze’ev Moyal, and his conduct, “and share the results with the Jordanians”, a diplomatic source said.

The killings led to a rift between the countries, which both said last week had been mended.

Jordan said Israel had apologised for the embassy deaths, would compensate the victims’ next of kin and “implement and follow up legal measures” in the case.

Jordanian officials were not immediately available to comment on the diplomatic source’s account. Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman declined comment.

Amman had previously demanded a homicide trial for the guard, whose repatriation under diplomatic immunity and hero’s welcome by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angered Jordanians.

Israel said in the aftermath of the incident that the guard had acted in self-defence, shooting a workman who stabbed and wounded him lightly, and that the second Jordanian was killed by stray fire.

Asked on Sunday whether criminal prosecution of the guard was possible, a second Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity: “No way.”

The guard’s prospects of remaining in the Israeli secret service may be in doubt, however, after a Jordanian newspaper published his name and photograph. Other fine-print elements of the reconciliation deal were designed to limit legal culpability for Israel, the diplomatic source said.

Israel would not pay damages to the next of kin directly, but instead provide a $5 million lump sum for the Jordanian government to disburse as compensation, that source said. The money is also meant to cover the needs of the family of a Jordanian shot dead by an Israeli border guard in 2014.

Two sources close to the families confirmed the payout sum.

The Israeli diplomatic source said the Netanyahu government had not apologised for the shooting of the alleged assailant but rather “voiced regret”.

On Thursday, a Jordanian government spokesman said Israel had sent a memorandum stating its “deep regrets and apologies”.

Yet Israel distinguishes between the two expressions of contrition, seeing in the latter a potential admission of guilt.

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2 Comments »

  1. Israel got away scot free after attacking the USS Liberty in international waters in 1967, killing about 60 U.S. Sailors in the process…..Israel got away scot free after deliberately killing Rachel Corrie, a young American teenager, protesting about the destruction of Palestinian homes on the West Bank. Israel has got away scot free in this case as well. Not even a note of disapproval from the mighty U.S. Government. Israel got away scot-free with a full scale military attack on innocent civilians in Gaza, killing about 2500 people and injuring about 7,500.

    Israel has a “Licence to kill”, issued by ‘the most powerful nation on Earth, the USA. Israel can do no wrong in the eyes of the USA, even when American citizens are killed in the process. The “Most powerful Nation on Earth” is Israel’s bitch.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 21, 2018 | Reply

  2. Same ol’ same ‘ol for the Zionist terrorist entity masquerading as a state. If Jordan’s bedouin monarch had any cojones, he’d widen the rift and cut off all relations w/the entity.

    Comment by roberthstiver | January 21, 2018 | Reply


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