Israeli Ambassador To Jordan Takes Up His Post, Ending Spat

Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in Amman Jordan

Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in Amman Jordan

The newly-appointed Israeli ambassador has arrived in the Kingdom, signalling an end to a ten-month Amman-Tel Aviv rift following a deadly incident in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians past year.

Israel's foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahson tweeted a photo of the newly appointed ambassador Amir Weissbrod as he arrived in Amman on Monday, wishing him "good luck and lots of success".

Israel's embassy in Amman is now in the process of gradually reopening after having been closed in July of previous year after two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli security guard affiliated with the embassy.

A second Jordanian, the apartment's landlord, was also shot dead - apparently by accident.

The incident came at a particularly sensitive time, amid a crisis at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in annexed East Jerusalem, a holy site under Jordanian custodianship.

The guard, Schlein and the embassy staff were returned home shortly afterward, and the Jordanians were infuriated that the guard received a "hero's welcome" from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Schlein in attendance.

Earlier in January, Israel officially apologised for the incident and compensated the families of the two victims and the family of Raed Zuaiter, a judge at the Amman Court of First Instance who was killed at King Hussein Bridge during an argument with an Israeli soldier in March 2014.

Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994, and despite often tense relations, Israel considers the country to be a stable bulwark against radical elements penetrating along its long eastern border.

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