Israeli Ambassador: Israelis Unpopular now in Jordan

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The atmosphere in Jordan is not sympathetic now towards Israel and Israelis are not popular with the man-on-the-street there, Israeli ambassador to Amman David Dadon told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday evening.  

Dadon said, however, that this was expected to change as soon as the situation with the Palestinians calmed down.  

The comments came in the wake of the attack Sunday on an Israeli diplomat in the Jordanian capital. 

A previously unknown group, the Movement for the Struggle of the Jordanian Islamic Resistance, claimed it carried out Sunday's attack on an Israeli diplomat in Jordan, according to a statement received here Sunday. 

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said that the gun attack that slightly wounded the vice consul at the Israeli embassy in Amman is a "serious event" requiring a joint investigation, according to AFP. 

Israel's state radio reported that Barak made those remarks at a weekly cabinet meeting after Yoram Havivian was shot and lightly wounded while leaving for work in Amman. 

Barak told the cabinet that the Jordanian and Israeli governments would lead a joint investigation into the attack, the radio said. 

A source at the hospital told Albawaba.com that a bomb planted in the diplomat’s car went off as he opened the vehicle’s door. Doctors at the Arab Heart Center said that metal shrapnel were extracted from Havivian’s body – (Several Sources) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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