An Israeli Security Guard Was Attacked Inside Embassy Compound in Jordan Two Days After Huge Protest
While the relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Israel seemed to be looking up and a peace deal seemed possible under President Donald Trump, recently things have taken a deadly 180-degree turn.
After two Druze Israeli police officers were shot and killed outside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Israeli security implemented metal detectors outside the Muslim-only entrance.
Although metal detectors were already installed at the non-Muslim entrances to the mosque, protests erupted over the heightened security and three Palestinians were killed during a clash of forces.
The bloodshed continued on Friday night when a terrorist burst into a Jewish home in Halamish. He stabbed and killed three of the family members while they were celebrating the beginning of Shabbat.
Tensions are still on the rise over the Palestinians perceived over-stepping of Israel's influence on their religious freedom and the conflict has crossed over the Israeli border.
On Friday, thousands of Jordanians protested in the streets against the new security policies and on Sunday, an Israeli security guard was attacked within the confines of the Israeli embassy in Jordan.
According to ABC News, the security guard let the Jordanian man, who was identified as a 17-year-old of Palestinian origin, into the compound on the pretense of doing furniture repairs in a residential building within the embassy.
During the encounter, the 17-year-old reportedly attacked the armed security guard from behind with a screwdriver and the guard fired two gun shots at his attacker. The gunfire killed the Jordanian man and injured the Jordanian landlord of the building who was also present at the time. He later died from his wounds:
The teen's father wants an investigation to be conducted and vowed to not bury his son until he is able to see security camera footage of the incident.
Jordan's government has banned the security guard from leaving the country until an investigation is completed, but according to CNN, the Israeli foreign ministry claimed the security officer has diplomatic immunity “in accordance with the Vienna convention.”
ABC News reported that talks have begun as to whether the entire delegation should be evacuated, given the rising tensions. However, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed everyone will leave or no one will leave.
He explained that he spoke to Israel's Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein multiple times and was “impressed” with how she's handling the situation. “I promised the security guard that we will bring him back,” he told the Jerusalem Post. “We are experienced with this.”
Danny Yatom, a former head of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, told NBC News that the current situation in Jordan may yield itself to a solution for the conflict in Jerusalem.
“I think we have to look now at the broader picture and take into account what happened in Jordan and what is going on Temple Mount and to combine those two problems,” he said. So, one option is to remove the metal detectors in exchange for the Israeli security guard.
Oded Eran, a former Israeli Ambassador to Jordan, noted to NBC News that while there's been good cooperation between Israel and Jordan behind the scenes, the “unnecessary noise coming from the Jordanian government” on a public level isn't helping ease tensions.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that U.S. envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt is set to arrive in Israel on Monday “to support efforts to reduce tensions in the region.”
A senior administration official told the paper that the White House has engaged in conversations since Friday with Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and other world Arab leaders to try to broker a solution that would prevent an escalation of the violence.