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Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke to embassy representatives throughout Monday and a senior official was being dispatched to the city to try to negotiate his safe return. Netanyahu also spoke to the guard himself and promised him he would bring him home.
Tensions were fraught been Amman and Jerusalem in the wake of the incident, in which the assailant and a standerby were killed as the embassy officer opened fire in response to the attack.
Jordan has barred the guard from leaving the country for Israel. The Foreign Ministry said that according to the Vienna Convention that covers diplomatic relations, the guard has immunity from investigation and arrest. He and the rest of the Israeli delegation at the mission in Jordan are currently locked down in the compound, and Israel is not letting the Jordanians investigate the guard.