Jordan embassy protest 311.
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Israel’s diplomats will return to Amman at the end of the weekend as usual, a
Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday, a day after the personnel there came
home a day earlier than scheduled because of concern over a demonstration
against the embassy that was planned on Facebook.
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personnel at the embassy, with the exception of the No. 2 official there, left
Amman on Wednesday. Generally, because of overall security concerns and the
short distance between the countries, the staff – whose families are not with
them during the week – return to Israel each Thursday for the
The decision on Wednesday to order an early departure of embassy
personnel was taken five days after the 13-hour rampage at the embassy in Cairo,
during which six Israeli security guards locked themselves behind a steel door
as mobs ransacked the mission.
Egyptian commandos rescued them from the
Cairo embassy, as protesters broke into archives and threw documents from the
building’s windows into the street below where demonstrators were
The plan for the protest in Amman comes amid increasing
voices in Jordan calling for an end to the normalization of ties with
Several hundred protesters outside of the embassy in Amman called
on Thursday for Jordan to cancel the peace treaty with Israel, Israel Radio
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Israeli officials have said recently that the Jordanian
government has not done enough to quell those voices, and that this has led to a
significant decrease in contact and trade between the two
countries.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.
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