Israel Appoints New Ambassador to Jordan

By Yona Schnitzer/TPS

Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday it has appointed a new ambassador to Jordan completing the resumption of normal ties with Jordan following an incident last year in which an Israeli security guard a the embassy in Amman shot dead two Jordanian citizens.

The foreign ministry named the new ambassador as Amir Weissbrod, a career diplomat, who previously served as First Secretary in Charge of Media and Political Affairs in Amman from 2001 to 2004 and most recently as head of the Middle East Bureau at the Foreign Ministry’s Center for Political Research.

The embassy in Amman has been shuttered since July of last year when a Jordanian man attacked embassy guard Ziv Moyal with a screwdriver while delivering furniture to his apartment. In response, Moyal opened fire, killing the attacker and the apartment’s landlord, and setting off a firestorm of criticism inside Jordan, where the 1994 peace treaty with Israel is deeply unpopular.

Several members of the Jordanian parliament called for the Kingdom to try and execute Moyal for murder, and to withdraw from the peace treaty. The government in Amman eventually allowed the Israeli embassy staff, including Moyal, to leave after intervention by the US Trump administration officials “at the highest levels” but refused to allow the embassy to reopen.

In order to resolve the conflict, Israel agreed to pay Jordan $5 million in compensation and apologized to the government in Amman over the incident. In addition, Israel agreed that  Ambassador Einat Shlain would not return to Jordan and that a new ambassador would be appointed in her place.

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