Update 3: I don't want to gloat, but here it comes:
Ayalon issues second apology in Turkey row
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon sent a letter of apology Wednesday night to the Turkish ambassador to Israel, after he had subjected him to "humiliating" treatment during a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.I'm out of comments...
Update 2: Now foreign office tries to clean the egg off their collective face:
Ayalon issued a special statement of apology Tuesday night for his treatment of Turkish ambassador to Israel Ahmet Oguz Celikkol on Monday.Jerks...
Update 1: Turkey demands apology from Israel over envoy 'slight'
As expected: a long diplomatic tiff that obfuscates real problems.
Original post starts here:
The new flare-up between Israel and Turkey has started in a fairly low-key way.
Turkey's ambassador to Israel was summoned for an inquiry Monday by Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon, following a new serial thriller on Turkish TV depicting Mossad agents and Israeli representatives in Turkey as baby snatchers. Ayalon sought to inquire whether the series, "Valley of the Wolves", includes serious anti-Israel messages.It is not the first time that our politicos try to make a federal case out of this or another antisemitic show. Unclear what this diplomatic move had as its goal but this is neither here nor there.
It should be noticed that the decision to summon the Turkish ambassador was reached before the PM Ergodan's fiery speech. It was only about the series.
The next day after the meeting some juicy details started to emerge:
... Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkish Ambassador Oguz Celikkol to the Knesset to express outrage over a new Turkish television show that depicts Mossad agents as baby-snatchers, and in a break from the diplomatic norm, invited the press for a photo-op, during which he was seen telling the cameramen to film him and his aide sitting on tall chairs, and the Turkish envoy on a lower chair, with the Israeli flag in the middle. The ambassador was also filmed waiting in a corridor for the meeting to begin, and when it did, he was offered nothing to drink or eat.Of course, this came as a shock to other diplomats.
An associate of Celikkol expressed his outrage at Ayalon's conduct, telling Army Radio that "in 35 years as a diplomat, I've never come across such shameful behavior." Ayalon refused to apologize, saying Tuesday morning that he "didn't want to humiliate him, but merely to convey a message."It is not only Turkish diplomats who are shocked:
Former Israeli ambassador to Turkey Alon Liel told the station that "a new sort of diplomacy" had been invented, and that Lieberman had "made up a new way of reprimanding."Now Turks, instead of doing something about that show will have enough diplomatic ammunition for a long time, and Israeli ambassador is already summoned for a "clarification meeting" - to stat with. And Mr Ayalon is quite proud of his diplomatic prowess:
"This time, they made him sit on a low chair, next time maybe they'll make him crawl, and who knows, maybe the time after that they'll beat him up at the entrance," he said.
Ayalon himself openly admitted that he and Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman had planned the details of the encounter, but told the radio station that such behavior was "standard diplomatic conduct," and offered no apology.Well, once a thug - always a thug... And since thugs and Turkey are mentioned, here is a story I heard a lot of years ago about the famous Vlad the Impaler. When a visiting Turkish ambassador refused to remove his turban, explaining to Vlad that he never parts with this item of his clothing, Vlad ordered the turban nailed to his head. Could be a great idea for Lieberman re the next visit of an ambassador in our foreign office.
Although - I guess that Turks have nails too nowadays...