Netanyahu welcomes home Jordan envoy and freed embassy guard

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July 25, 2017 12:35

“I am happy to see you, happy that things ended the way they did.”

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Netanyahu welcomes home Jordan envoy and freed embassy guard

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets in his office with Ziv the Israeli guard stabbed in the Jordan embassy complex. (photo credit:CHAIM ZACH / GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in his Jerusalem office Tuesday morning with Israel's Ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlein, and Ziv, the Israeli guard stabbed in the embassy complex Sunday evening.

The meeting came less than 12 hours after they – along with Israel's delegation to Amman – crossed over the Allenby Bridge after a hair-raising drama that began with the stabbing of Ziv, and his firing two shots in self-defense, killing the assailant and another man at the scene.


“I am happy to see you, happy that things ended the way they did,” Netanyahu told the two. “You acted calmly and well, and we had the responsibility to get you out, there was no question whatsoever. It was only a matter of time, and I am happy it was a short period of time.”

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Netanyahu said that the two represented Israel, and Israel never forgot that.



Ziv replied, saying that a heavy burden was lifted from him. “I thank you with all my heart, I am happy to be here,” he said, adding that he and Schlein felt that the state stood firmly behind them. Schlein said, “It is good to be here, everything is excellent.”

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