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Israel apologises to Turkey over public snub

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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: no handshake; the envoy was given a low seat, and there was no Turkish flag on the table.

Israel’s prime minister intervened rebuking his own foreign ministry, and said 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.