The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – the newly chosen Israeli Ambassador to Jordan became the first step to end an year-long standoff between the two states. Jordan and Israel have remained on more than an year of standoff with each other, beginning last summer when two Israeli embassy guards shot down two Jordanians in ‘self-defense’, killing both.
Amir Weissbrod, the new Israeli ambassador to Jordan, is a fluent and proficient Arab speaker. Amir will replace the previous Israeli ambassador to Jordan, Einat Schlein, who held the position until July last year when the shootout took place.
By showing fully accepting Israel’s new choice of ambassador, Jordan has indicated at the possibility of mending scarred relations with the nation, since last summer’s shootout. The two Jordanian citizens killed in the ‘defensive attack’ were, teenagers Mohamed Al-Jawawdeh and Bashar Hamarneh, allegedly attacked one of the guards with a screwdriver. Therefore, the guards apparently shot the two in self-defense, which began the souring of relationship between Israel and Jordan. The result of the incident impacted upon the ambassador’s position at the embassy held by Schlein, who left the country following demand from the Jordanian government.
The initiation of mending the broken ties between the two nations began early this year when in January Israel decided to apologize formally. In addition, the government also decided to compensate with $5 million overall for the loss borne by the families of the two victims killed in the shooting.
Though, the guards involved in the ‘accidental killing’ of the Jordanian boys haven’t been prosecuted yet by the Israeli government.
However, the embassy of Israel reopened in the month of February this year, but will only begin functioning fully once the newly appointed ambassador takes position. The Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani told Weissbrod in one of his statements that he “can start his mission any time now”, giving a starter to the decision and probably the mending of relations too.