Jordan’s foreign ministry said that two Jordanians arrested in Israel in May were repatriated on Tuesday, after charges against them were dropped by Israel.
“The Israeli authorities have decided to withdraw the charges against Jordanian citizens Mussab Daajah and Khalifa Onouz and end their arrest,” the Jordanian ministry said in an initial statement on Tuesday.
The ministry said a few hours later that it had “received” the two Jordanian nationals “after they were released by Israel today.”
A statement from Israel’s internal security agency said the two were caught in northern Israel on May 16 with knives and ropes.
“From their investigation it emerged that they planned on reaching Jerusalem and carrying out a stabbing attack against soldiers in the area of Al-Aqsa mosque compound,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.
Israel and Hamas – the Islamist group that rules the Palestinian enclave of Gaza –waged a war between May 10 and May 21 in the wake of tensions and clashes in annexed east Jerusalem, which Israel seized from Jordan in the 1967 war.
Israel’s decision not to prosecute the Jordanian suspects and to release them instead was “part of the security and diplomatic reciprocity between Israel and Jordan,” the Shin Bet said.
Jordan, which in 1994 became the second Arab state to normalize ties with Israel, had on May 25 summoned the Israeli ambassador to protest the detentions.
Several demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinians and demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador have taken place in recent weeks in Jordan.
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