Jordanian newspaper reveals identity of Israeli embassy security officer

The Jordanian paper noted that, according to documents obtained, the guard carried a diplomatic identity card.

July 31, 2017 07:45
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A photo identity card belonging to Ziv Moyal, published by Jordanian newspaper Al-Rad, July 30, 2017

A photo identity card belonging to Ziv Moyal, published by Jordanian newspaper Al-Rad, July 30, 2017.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad revealed on Sunday night the identity of the Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians in an incident at Israel's embassy in Amman last week.

"This is the Israeli that killed two Jordanians, Mohammad Jawawdah and the doctor Bashar Hamarnah, in what has been termed the 'Israeli embassy crime'," wrote the newspaper. "The shooting was carried out in a building that belongs to the embassy in Amman, last Sunday night."

The report noted that, according to documents obtained, the guard carried a diplomatic identity card.

Although the newspaper did not write the guard's name, a photo shows an identity card supplied by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Protocol Department with the name "Ziv Chai Mordechai Moyal" written in Arabic. 

Israel's Foreign Ministry has not responded to the newspaper report.

The Israeli security officer at the Israeli embassy in Jordan, only called 'Ziv' by Israeli authorities, was stabbed and lightly injured in Amman by a man with a screwdriver moving furniture in one of the residences in the embassy compound as tensions over the Temple Mount spilled over to the east side of the Jordan River.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Israel's Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and wounded security officer Ziv, July 25 2017. (Government Press Office)

The Israeli Foreign Ministry reported that the guard shot the assailant, Jawawdeh, in self defense. The assailant was killed, and another man at the scene – the owner of the compound – was injured and later succumbed to his wounds.

The embassy staff returned to Israel some 30 hours after the attack after a tense day of negotiations between Jerusalem and Amman aimed at defusing a diplomatic crisis.

The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement saying that the embassy staffers crossed over to Israel via the Allenby Bridge, and their return was made possible due to the close cooperation between Israel and Jordan.

Anna Ahronheim and Herb Keinon contributed to this article.

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