Report: Jordan Protects Israeli Embassy

The Israeli embassy in Jordan has increased security after Friday's attack by Egyptian protesters on Israel's embassy in Cairo.

Chana Ya'ar ,

King Hussein, Pres. Clinton, PM Rabin
King Hussein, Pres. Clinton, PM Rabin
Israel news photo: US Gov't

Security has been increased around the Israeli embassy in Jordan after Friday's attack by Egyptian protesters on Israel's embassy in Cairo.

Arab media sources reported Sunday two armored vehicles and an undetermined number of forces were deployed in the streets around the embassy, located in Amman. According to the reports, extensive Jordanian security forces were placed around the A-Rabiyeh neighborhood.

There has been no comment from Israel's Foreign Ministry.

Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that the weekend had been "difficult, very challenging."

After thanking the foreign and defense ministers as well as the heads of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Mossad, the IDF chief of staff and other security personnel, Netanyahu said, "I think that with very accelerated work we succeeded in preventing a very near disaster. The rioters broke into the embassy building, entered the embassy area itself, and were only one door away from our people, who were besieged in there."

Egyptian commandos extricated six Israeli guards in a special operation after intense "encouragement" from U.S. President Barack Obama, "who became involved at a critical time in order to use America's influence on the issue," Netanyahu noted.

"I think that it was clear that this was the realization of the basic norm of every government to protect foreign embassies," he added. "Those who tore up the flags apparently shrink at nothing and they are not so much interested in the fine details, they deny the peace. They deny the state... There are also other voices, that want to continue advancing the peace," however, he observed.

Jordan was the second Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel, in 1994, following Egypt's example after it led the way in March 1979.