Israel, Jordan: Ex-Mossad chief offers to mediate

2017-07-24 17:46


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Jerusalem - A former head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency who was at the centre of the last major crisis with Jordan, says a deal could be reached to pacify Amman as well as cool tensions at a major Jerusalem shrine.

Danny Yatom said on Monday that Israel should remove metal detectors from outside the Jerusalem holy site, administered by a Jordanian religious body, in return for Amman releasing Israeli staff.

Israel set up the security devices after Arab gunmen killed Israeli policemen at the site, holy to both Muslims and Jews. The move incensed the Muslim world.

"[The] Jordanians will release our people from the embassy and especially the security officer that shot, and in return we will help the Jordanian Waqf to carry on its role on Temple Mount," Yatom told The Associated Press, adding " We will also take off the metal detector gates."

A shooting at Israel's embassy in Jordan further complicated the crisis.

Jordan wants to investigate the guard who opened fire and has prevented staff from leaving the premises.

Yatom resigned as Mossad chief in the aftermath of a failed attempt to assassinate a leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas Islamic in Jordan.

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