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Israel says sorry to Turkey over ambassador's snub

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Israel says sorry to Turkey over ambassador's snub


Israel has sent a formal letter of apology to Turkey over the public humiliation of its ambassador to Tel Aviv.

Oguz Celikkol was summoned to hear Israel complain 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.

Turkey was furious, but Israel’s Prime Minister intervened rebuking his own foreign ministry, and saying he hoped the matter had now been resolved.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged the apology, just days before Israel’s defence minister was due to visit Ankara with diplomatic relations between the two countries cooling fast.

The programme that sparked the 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.

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