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Israeli Ambassador not invited to Erdogan’s Iftar, Israel shocked at insult

Israel’s Ambassador to Turkey is not invited to the Erdogan’s Iftar for the diplomatic community and Israeli [Foreign Ministry sources are] shocked at this immature behavior:

Jerusalem was angered by the fact that the ambassador was not invited to the dinner. “Turkey is again causing relations to deteriorate,” say sources in Israel. “We plan on conducting ourselves responsibly and not to get dragged into this battle.”

The Maariv reporter has to remind readers “who started it”:

His non-invitation to the Ramadan meal is a kind of insult, and surely Turkey has not forgotten how Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon insulted the Turkish Ambassador in Tel-Aviv, when he summoned him for a reprimand and seated him on a low chair in front of cameras in order to humiliate him.

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An insult from Turkey: Only the Israeli Ambassador was not invited for dinner

Eli Berdenstein, Maariv, August 15 2010 [page 8; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

Relations between Israel and Turkey continue to deteriorate: Israel’s ambassador to Ankara, Gabi Levi, was the only one not to be invited to the traditional meal that precedes the Ramadan fast, which took place over the weekend in the presence of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior officials of his Justice and Development Party. All of the other ambassadors were invited.

Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party Omer Celik said that Levi had not been invited to the dinner organized by the party in protest over the Israeli government’s hostile response to the flotilla as well as its refusal to apologize and compensate those injured as demanded by Turkey. “This is a meal of friendship attended by Jews, Christians and Muslims,” said Celik. “The decision not to invite the Israeli ambassador is a symbolic act and has nothing to do with the people living in Israel.”

At this time it still remains unclear what will happen with the traditional meal that the Israeli embassy usually serves for the Ramadan fast, in view of the fact that it is unknown whether officials from the Turkish government will attend.

Jerusalem was angered by the fact that the ambassador was not invited to the dinner. “Turkey is again causing relations to deteriorate,” say sources in Israel. “We plan on conducting ourselves responsibly and not to get dragged into this battle.”

The Israeli Ambassador to Turkey has faced a hostile environment from the very start of the crisis with Turkey, from before the Flotilla incident of late May. The Ambassador occasionally encounters an anti-Israel protest, is summoned for reprimands [by the Turkish government] and has not met the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, in many many months. His non-invitation to the Ramadan meal is a kind of insult, and surely Turkey has not forgotten how Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon insulted the Turkish Ambassador in Tel-Aviv, when he summoned him for a reprimand and seated him on a low chair in front of cameras in order to humiliate him.

Ankara has not had an Ambassador in Israel for two months. The Turkish Ambassador was recalled after Israel refused to apologize and compensate the families of the Flotilla dead.

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  1. David
    August 15, 2010 at 22:43

    Good news indeed!! VIVA TURKEY!!! Israel can look forward to increasing isolation within the world community and being treated as the “odd man out” or a pariah state. It is only just given Israel’s well documented violations of international humanitarian law, including the illegal occupation of Palestinian and other Arab lands as well as its ongoing dispossession and brutal oppression of the native peoples.

  2. Victor Cardoo
    August 16, 2010 at 22:02

    Israel take heart! I am not surprised by the several recent anti-Israeli attacks and insults by the Turkish government. I am not a Jew but a firm believer in the God of Israel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Bible is the world´s GPS and all it´s prophecies are being fulfilled. Turkey is no longer an ally of Israel and the day is coming when Turkey will one day invade Israel along with many nations but God will supernaturally deal with this invasion. See Ezequiel 38-39. Israel, look up to your deliverer the God of Israel. He alone will protect you no matter what the world says, threatens and plans against your nation.

  3. Kevin Charles Herbert
    August 24, 2010 at 12:31

    Victor Cardoo: the fact that your not joking is the biggest joke of all.

    Let me assure you that my God knows where your God lives…and my God is not happy with your God’s performance….so much so, that I’m predicting it’ll be Gods At 10 paces in the not too distant future.

    When it happens, remember who told you…

  4. May 8, 2011 at 05:34

    That’s not just logic. That’s really snsieble.

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