AMMAN - Jordan's King Abdullah called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put on trial an Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians and warned the way the incident is handled would directly affect ties between the two countries.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the security officer was stabbed and slightly wounded by a screwdriver-wielding worker who had entered the embassy compound for furniture replacement. The worker, Mohammed Jawawdah, 17, was shot dead by the guard, who was acting in self-defense, according to the ministry.
The guard also fatally shot Bashar al-Hamarneh, a physician, who according to Jordan’s Petra news agency “happened to be there when the incident occurred as he is the owner of the building.”
In a statement by the royal court, the Jordanian monarch also said Netanyahu's behavior towards the security guard, whom he embraced in a hero's welcome after he returned back to Israel under diplomatic immunity, was "provocative on all fronts and enrages us, destabilizes security and fuels extremism."
Sunday's fatal shooting incident tested already tense relations between Israel and Jordan, one of two Arab states with which it has peace treaties. Jordan had wanted to question the guard, but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity and repatriated him.
Ben Lynfield contributed to this article.