Diplomatic Tensions Continue To Mount Over Jerusalem Embassy
Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s envoys on Tuesday in an escalating diplomatic dispute over the killing by Israeli forces of 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border.
— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) May 15, 2018
The Turkish Foreign Ministry ordered Israeli Ambassador Eitan Naeh to leave the country for consultations for an undetermined period of time.
In response, Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem, Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu, who is responsible for Turkey’s relations with the Palestinians, to return home for consultations. Turkey’s ambassador to Tel Aviv had already been recalled, as had Turkey’s ambassador in Washington.
In response to Israel expelling the Turkish envoy, Turkey summoned Israel’s consul general in Istanbul, Yossi Levi Safri, and also asked him to leave the country.
The Israeli ambassador was told that our envoy to Israel was called back for consultations, and was informed that it would be appropriate for him to go back to his country for some time,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry source said.
Hours later Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the Turkish Consul-General in Jerusalem had been summoned and told to return to Turkey “for consultations for a period of time.”
“The recalls are to consult with our ambassadors to these states about their positions and their commitment to the EU’s positions.”