Turkey has issued an ultimatum to Israel over the public humiliation of its ambassador to Tel Aviv, saying he would be recalled unless the situation was resolved by tonight.
Oguz Celikkol was summoned to hear Israel complaint that a popular Turkish TV drama was anti-Semitic.
The normal diplomatic niceties were missing: there was no handshake; the envoy was given a low seat and there was no Turkish flag on the table.
Israel’s deputy foreign minister has conceded that his behaviour had been inappropriate.
But Turkey’s leaders don’t believe that’s enough.
And with relations cooling fast, Israel’s defence minister is due to visit Ankara at the weekend.
The programme that sparked the diplomatic spat depicted Israeli intelligence officers as child kidnappers.
In real life, Turkey’s Prime Minister has been a vocal critic of Israel’s military assault on the Gaza Strip a year ago.