Turkey expels Israeli diplomats after UN report

ANKARA, Sept 2 Fri Sep 2, 2011 6:34am EDT

ANKARA, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday Israel's diplomatic presence in Turkey was being cut to second secretary level, effectively expelling Israeli diplomats in protest over an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks.

"Turkey-Israel diplomatic relations have been reduced to a second secretary level. All personnel above the second secretary level will return to their countries by Wednesday at the latest," Davutoglu told a news conference. Israel's ambassador Gabby Levy was currently in Israel and cancelled plans to return to Turkey on Thursday.

A long-awaited U.N. report on the raid, made public on Thursday, declared that Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, but that the Jewish state used unreasonable force. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, Editing by Daren Butler)

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Comments (3)
amos033 wrote:
The land of Gog and Magog don’t seem to like Israel very much. God bless Israel and it’s undivided capital Jerusalem.

Sep 02, 2011 7:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
oasisyamaneko wrote:
Turkey is the only country with the moral integrity to stand up to Israel, the most recent pariah nation. Israel is quickly becoming the North Korea of the Middle East at a time when Arab dictatorships are falling. This is classical hubris. You’d think they’d have more historical perspective. Opening the door to Russian opportunists will be the demise of Israel.

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walters2487 wrote:
Moral integrity? Please. Has Turkey expelled diplomats from Syria, where they executed innocents in Hama, or Iran, where they execute people for homosexuality, adultery, and religious faith (Bahaism)? Israel continues to be scapegoated because its ruled by non-muslims.

Sep 02, 2011 2:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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