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Jordan to accept new ambassador from Israel, restore diplomatic ties

The announcement marks the conclusion of an impasse that escalated with the shooting of two Jordanian attackers by Israeli embassy security guard Ziv Moyal in July 2017.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman on July 27, 2010. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman on July 27, 2010. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90.

According to Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, Jordan is expected to accept the appointment of Amir Weissbrod as Israel’s new ambassador to Jordan, restoring diplomatic ties following an eight-month standoff.

The announcement marks the conclusion of an impasse that escalated on July 23, 2017, with the shooting of two Jordanian attackers by Israeli embassy security guard Ziv Moyal.

Israel’s diplomatic mission was forced to evacuate the country. In return for the normalization of diplomatic ties, Israel was forced to “express regret” over the incident and pay reparations to Jordan.

Weissbrod previously served as first secretary in Israel’s Jordanian embassy between 2001 and 2004, and worked in Israel’s Liaison Bureau in Morocco. Most recently, he served as head of the Middle East Bureau at the Foreign Ministry’s Center for Political Research.

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