Jordan accepts Israel’s pick of ambassador as ties improve

The Israeli embassy in Amman. Israel nominated a new ambassador to Jordan, seven months after its embassy staff returned to Israel following an incident in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanian citizens. (File Photo: AFP)
Updated 30 March 2018
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Jordan accepts Israel’s pick of ambassador as ties improve

AMMAN: Jordan has accepted Israel’s choice of a new ambassador for the kingdom, another sign of improving ties after a months-long crisis.
Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said on Thursday that the envoy, Amir Weissbrod, “can start his mission any time now.”
The posting of a new Israeli ambassador would end one of the tensest episodes since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994.
It began last summer when a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Jordan shot and killed two Jordanians, alleging one attacked him with a screw driver. The Israeli guard and Israel’s then-ambassador were given a hero’s welcome by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, infuriating Jordan.
Earlier this year, the two sides said they found a way to overcome the crisis, including appointing a new Israeli ambassador.


Palestinian president ‘against’ possible new Netanyahu government

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Palestinian president ‘against’ possible new Netanyahu government

OSLO: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Wednesday he would be against a new Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, after elections left him tied with his main challenger and raised the prospect of negotiations to build a unity government.
“Our position: against Netanyahu,” Abbas said during a visit to Oslo when questioned over his preferences for a new Israeli government.