Erdogan snubs Israeli envoy at 'tolerance' celebration

August 15, 2010 01:58

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not invite Israel's ambassador Gabi Levi to the premier’s annual Ramadan feast this year, according to media reports. The event, held Thursday, is for foreign diplomats. Levi was invited last year, but Israel's relationship with Turkey has been particularly strained of late; on May 31, the IDF killed nine Turkish activists aboard the ship the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza.

A senior Foreign Ministry official told Israel Radio that Erdogan’s decision to shun Levi was not surprising in light of the Turkish leader’s hostility toward Israel. The official criticized Erdogan for singling out the Israeli ambassador, especially on the iftar which is supposed to symbolize tolerance and understanding.

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