World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey will withdraw ambassador in Tel Aviv Zeki Celikkol that suffered a humiliating behaviour in Israel if the country issued an official apology.
President Abdullah Gul said if Israel's apology does not come until this evening, the Turkish ambassador will return to Turkey.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon who summoned Celikkol Tuesday to express Israel's uneasiness over a Turkish TV-series showing Israeli agents kidnapping a child, had Celikkol sit at a lower armchair in front of a table with only the Israeli flag on it, refusing to shake his hand in front of the press.
Ayalon who did not make the apology Turkey expected, issued a statement late mid-night saying he did "not intend to insult the ambassador" but only meant to protest Turkey's "anti-Israeli attitude". He promised to employ more diplomatic means against ambassadors in the future.
Ayalon's snub violating all diplomatic manners drew strong reaction from Turkish officials. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said no one could dare to disrespect a Turkish ambassador, expressing Turkey's expectance from Israel to stick to diplomatic rules.
Gul described deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Ayalon as "a presumptuous man."
"If the apology does not come until this evening, the ambassador will return back. (He is) a a presumptuous man, but this concerns Israel", President Gul said.
"It is given (to Israel) time until this evening, Either they will correct it, or our ambassador comes back to Turkey with the first plane tomorrow.'
"He will fly to Turkey by the first plane tomorrow morning, and consultations will begin," Gul told reporters.
Gul said Turkey expected Israeli authorities to correct this stance in line with the statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry till Wednesday evening.
"The ambassador will first come to brief us, and we will then assess what we will do," he said.
Gul said Turkey would also assess whether or not to lower the level of representation in Israel to the level of charge d'affaires if there was no correction of attitude from Israel.
"We should ask the Israelis why they are excluding them from the region and the world this much, they have to correct themselves," he said.
Gul also said it was the upper administration of Israel that should correct this issue.
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