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Friday, January 15, 2010

Israeli embassy convoy in Jordan escapes roadside bombing

Four years ago, I was in Paris for the Sabbath, and found myself at a communal meal sitting opposite the daughter of Mrs. Carl's and my wedding photographer. This woman was in Paris with her mother who lived in Israel and her sister who lived in the US. She was attached to an Israeli embassy in an African country, which flew her to Paris once a month to buy meat and other Kosher foodstuffs. She said that she and her husband had started in the foreign service in Jordan, which was considered a plum assignment because "you get to come home every weekend." After Thursday evening, it may not be considered such a plum assignment anymore.

Around 5:00 Thursday afternoon, a roadside bomb went off next to a convoy from the Israeli embassy in Amman that was making its way to the Allenby Bridge crossing back into Israel. At least one car flipped over, but miraculously, no one was hurt. The ambassador was not part of the convoy.
A bomb exploded near a small convoy of vehicles belonging to Israel's embassy in Jordan on Thursday afternoon. No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred some 20 kilometers from the border crossing at Allenby Bridge, and the vehicles continued on to Amman [the previous link says they continued to the bridge, which makes more sense. CiJ].


Two Jordanian security sources said the attack targeted a top Israeli diplomat in Jordan. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The spokeswoman at the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Merav Horsendi, confirmed that there was a blast next to a convoy carrying embassy employees.

"All I can say now is that everyone is fine," she said.

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) was cooperating with Jordanian security authorities to investigate the explosion.
On Thursday evening, the Jordanians arrested a taxi driver in connection with the bombing.

Israel's embassy in Jordan is one of the most highly guarded Israeli embassies in the world. I wonder why.


At 5:16 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

an israeli envoy is nearly bombed in jordan today, yet the only two headlines i saw today mentioning israel are "israel apologizes for their insult to turkey" and "israeli army calls for boycott of bar refaeli."

why post news showing the day to day dangers israel faces when you can post trivial news that portray israel in a bad light intead?

At 5:43 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

There is no real peace between Israel and Jordan. The attempted bombing is simply a reminder of its absence.


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