Jordanian Leak of Israeli Guard’s Identity Prompts Family to Flee

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hugs the security guard Ziv, from the Israeli embassy in Amman Jordan who was stabbed by a terrorist. (photo credit: Chaim Tzach/GPO)
The family of the Israeli security guard who was recently attacked at the Israeli embassy compound in Jordan last week has fled its home in southern Israel following the publication of the guard’s full name.

Photo: Haim Tzach/GPO

Ziv Moyal had shot dead his assailant and a bystander after being stabbed with a screwdriver in Amman. Israel described the guard’s actions as “self-defense.” Moyal’s family relocated to a relative’s residence over fear of retaliation after the Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Rad Sunday published a photo of Moyal’s official diplomatic ID card.

ID card forward by Jordanian media.

Moyal, 28, returned to Israel following a tense diplomatic standoff, during which Jordan sought to detain and interrogate the Israeli guard. Moyal secured himself in the embassy and Israel refused to release him into the custody of Jordanian authorities. All Israeli diplomats serving in the Arab nation, including Ambassador to Jordan Einat Shlain, returned to Israel after the incident.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Moyal in an event at his office July 25 in Jerusalem. Jordan’s King Abdullah blasted Netanyahu’s “political showmanship” and demanded that Moyal face “justice.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Friday announced an investigation has been launched into the Amman incident. A Jordanian investigation said Moyal receives diplomatic immunity in accordance with the Vienna Convention, but the status “is only procedural immunity that does not exempt him from trials before international courts.”