Israeli and Turkish flags 311 (R).
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The Israel Police representative to Turkey will soon be moved to another
country, most likely Romania, Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch said on Monday.
"He was unable to carry out his duties vis-a-vis his Turkish counterparts and ran into obstacles," Aharonovitch added.
Turks reduce Israel's diplomatic presence, expel envoys
The move is directly related to the breakdown in relations between the two countries.
The police representative is now in Israel.
The personal security of the official and his family played a part in
the decision to remove him from Turkey, the minister added.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced earlier this month
that Israel's diplomatic presence in Turkey was being cut to second
secretary level, effectively expelling Israeli diplomats after details
emerged of the Palmer Report which dealt with the IDF raid on the
Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.
Davutoglu said that Turkey was also suspending military agreements after
he said that some of the report's findings were unacceptable.
Before The New York Times
published the report, Davutoglu warned that if
Israel did not apologize for the incident by the time the report was
formally released, Turkey would "put Plan B into play."
Plan B refers to a threat made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan last month that if Israel did not apologize, Turkey would
further downgrade ties with Israel and aggressively oppose it in
international forums. The Turks have also threatened to cut economic
ties as part of a "Plan B."Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report.