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The Foreign Ministry
has ordered the families of its diplomats in Turkey to leave the
country because of the uproar over Monday's naval raid on a Gaza-bound
aid flotilla, Israeli media outlets reported Wednesday.As early
as Monday, just hours after the raid, Israel’s top officials began
working to quell worldwide censure against the operation, in
which nine activists were killed.
diplomatic mission itself will remain in Turkey, Israel Radio reported.
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A Foreign Ministry
spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the reports, and The Jerusalem Post could not
immediately verify the information.
The reports came as former
prime minister Ehud Olmert called for a "rehabilitation" of ties with Ankara, despite fiery
opposition from the once close Middle East ally.
Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu cut short his visit to
and canceled his much-anticipated meeting with US President Barack Obama
to head back to Israel, while the UN Security Council convened an
emergency meeting in New York.
Israeli ambassadors around the world were called by their host
governments to explain the incident. The Foreign Ministry, in turn, held
a briefing with all ambassadors posted in Israel.
“It’s a big diplomatic crisis,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon
told The Jerusalem Post. “We are working in emergency mode.”
On Monday, Turkey recalled
its ambassador and canceled three joint military exercises with
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this