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.