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Israel kidnapped the passengers of the Gaza-bound flotilla in international waters, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday.Davutoglu said 210 Turks were scheduled to be flown home from Israel on Turkish planes later Wednesday. He said Israel also assured Turkey it would not put any Turkish protesters on trial.RELATED:Editorial: A turning point for TurkeyFrom
friend to (almost certainly) foe"We have clearly stated that we would review our ties with Israel if all Turks not released by the end of the day," Davutoglu said. "All citizens of foreign countries will be set free."
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The future of Turkey-Israel relations depends on Israel's actions, Reuters reported Davutoglu saying, if Israel ends the embargo on Gaza, Turkey would re-normalize its ties with Israel, he said.Earlier Wednesday it was officially confirmed Israel's ambassador to Turkey, Gabby Levy, would not be recalled.Israel Radio reported that senior Israeli diplomats said they had no indications of Turkey's intending to return its ambassador, Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, despite press reports to that effect in the last 24 hours.Earlier Wednesday, Israeli media outlets reported that the Foreign Ministry
had ordered the families of its diplomats in Turkey to leave the
country because of the uproar over Monday's naval raid on a Gaza-bound
aid flotilla.A Foreign Ministry
spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the reports, and The Jerusalem Post could not
immediately verify the information.The reports came as former
prime minister Ehud Olmert called for a "rehabilitation" of ties with Ankara, despite fiery
opposition from the once close Middle East ally.
By ADAM RASGON
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
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