Jordan accepts Israel's pick of ambassador, as ties improve

Jordan has accepted Israel's choice of a new ambassador for the kingdom, another sign of improving ties after a months-long crisis.

Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said Thursday that the envoy, Amir Weissbrod, "can start his mission any time now."

The posting of a new Israeli ambassador would end one of the tensest episodes since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994.

It began last summer when a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Jordan shot and killed two Jordanians, alleging one attacked him with a screw driver. The Israeli guard and Israel's then-ambassador were given a hero's welcome by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, infuriating Jordan.

Earlier this year, the two sides said they found a way to overcome the crisis, including appointing a new Israeli ambassador.