The Times of Israel reports: US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner reportedly called Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday in a bid to help end the diplomatic standoff between Amman and Jerusalem over the fatal shooting at Israel’s embassy in the country.
After an incident where an Israeli security guard was stabbed and wounded and then shot and killed the Jordanian attacker and a bystander, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried and failed to get hold of the Jordanian King.
Netanyahu then instructed Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer to try to enlist the White House’s assistance in ending the crisis, after Jordan said it would not allow the security guard to leave or extend diplomatic immunity to him, two unnamed Israeli officials told the Haaretz daily Tuesday. The decision to reach out to the US to help defuse tensions with Jordan came as relations were already strained with Amman over tensions at the Temple Mount.
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