J'lem not yet sure if it will send new ambassador to Ankara

August 12, 2011 09:26


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The Foreign Ministry has yet to decide whether it will send a new ambassador to Ankara when current ambassador, Gabi Levi's term ends at the end of the year or to leave only a lower-ranking diplomat in his place, Israel Radio reported on Friday.

Senior officials in the Foreign Ministry said that they are waiting until negotiations over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident conclude to decide on the next move. In recent months, Israel and Turkey have been attempting to find mutually agreeable language and terms to settle the affair.

Turkey wants Israel to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals aboard the Mavi Marmara, a flotilla ship that attempted to breach Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza Strip, while Israel has publicly said it is only willing to express regret over the deaths.

Additionally, according to the Israel Radio report, officials in Jerusalem are waiting to see if Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan follows through on statements indicating he may visit the Gaza Strip, saying that if he does so, the Turkish prime minister would find himself connected to Hamas.

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