'There was no question about it - we had to get you out'

Netanyahu meets with embassy officer wounded near Israeli embassy in Amman, Israeli Ambassador to Jordan following their return to Israel.

David Rosenberg ,

Netanyahu meets with Israeli Ambassador to Israel (l) and wounded security officer (r)
Netanyahu meets with Israeli Ambassador to Israel (l) and wounded security officer (r)
Haim Zach / GPO

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and the embassy security officer wounded in an attack by a Jordanian national Sunday night, welcoming them back to Israel and praising the embassy team for its behavior during the diplomatic standoff with Jordan.

The officer, who has only been identified by his first name, Ziv, was lightly injured when a Jordanian worker stabbed him with screwdriver at Ziv’s residence adjacent to the embassy. After he was stabbed, Ziv opened fire on the assailant, killing him. A second Jordanian national was also killed.

"I am happy to see you here and that things ended the way they did,” Netanyahu told Schlein and Ziv. “You acted well, calmly, and we also had an obligation to get you out. This was not even a question. It was only a question of time and I am pleased that it was short."

The ambassador was happy to return to Israel, saying: "It is good to be home. Everything is fine."

Ziv, the wounded officer, thanked the Prime Minister for his efforts to secure his release. Jordan had imposed a travel ban on him, demanding he be turned over for interrogation by Jordanian authorities following the incident.

"A weight has been lifted from my heart. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am happy to be here. Einat and I felt that people were standing behind us and were making every effort [for us], we felt this and I am glad that we are here."

Below is a video of the meeting between Netanyahu, Schlein, and Ziv [Hebrew only].




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