Turkish workers in Tel Aviv protesting tensions 311 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters)
Israel does not intend to replace its envoy to Turkey at the end of his tenure
in the summer, until the Turks send back an ambassador to Tel Aviv, government
sources told The Jerusalem Post.
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Gaby Levy was appointed in 2006, and his
tenure was already extended once so that the embassy in Ankara would not be
without an ambassador. But, the sources said, Levy will be returning to Israel
in the summer, and no one has been appointed in his place.
said there was concern in Jerusalem that if Israel were to appoint a
replacement, the new envoy’s credentials would not be accepted by the Turkish
“We want to make sure there will be no embarrassments,” one
The sources said a good indication that it would be safe for
Israel to send a new envoy to Ankara would be if Turkey sent its envoy back to
Turkish ambassador Ahmet Oguz Celikkol was recalled last spring –
immediately following the Mavi Marmara
incident in which nine Turks were killed
by IDF commandos who were attacked upon boarding the ship to keep it from
sailing to the Gaza Strip.
Turkey has said it would only send back its
envoy to Israel after Jerusalem apologized for the incident and paid
compensation to the family of the victims – something Israel said it will not
Meanwhile, the Jordanian Embassy has also been without an ambassador
for over a year. No replacement was named for Ali Ayad, who was appointed
Jordan’s minister of information and communications in July.
said Jordan’s failure to appoint another ambassador up until now was a
reflection of concern that naming a new ambassador would create domestic
problems for King Abdullah II.
Despite the revolution in Egypt, however,
Cairo still has Ambassador Yasser Reda posted here.
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, sent a Pessah greeting to the Jewish
citizens of Turkey, stating that, “Turkey enjoys an environment of tolerance,
where peoples of all faiths, religions and cultures have coexisted in peace for
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