Israel Threatens to Expel Turkish Ambassador

Tel Aviv, which is at odds with Ankara, has threatened to expel the Turkish ambassador, should Turkish dramas depicting Israeli brutality continue.

In a series of confrontations between the once-close allies, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that if a Turkish drama — the second of its kind — continues to depict Israeli security forces as brutal, the country’s ambassador could be expelled.

This is while, Turkey is set to make a feature length movie depicting the "Israeli crimes against humanity."

The movie would "depict Israel as it is — with bloody hands, merciless… flouting all human values," against a backdrop of the Palestinian suffering in the blockaded Gaza Strip, Turkish scriptwriter Bahadir Ozdener said, AFP reported.

Ayalon made the threat during an interview with Channel 2 on Saturday, a day before Defense Minister Ehud Barak was due to fly to Turkey for a first visit by an Israeli official since the feud erupted.

Ayalon had called in Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Oguz Celikkol to reprimand him over a TV program that showed Israeli agents kidnapping children and shooting old men. He was forced to apologize after Turkey threatened to recall its ambassador.

He also said that the incident, in which he reportedly ‘humiliated’ Ambassador Celikkol by making him sit in a lower chair, was intended to send the Turks a threatening message, not to humiliate the ambassador.

On his one-day visit, Barak is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Vecdi Gonul, and with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Both visits will take place in Ankara.

(Press TV)

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