Turkish envoy defines Israel insult as 'primitive'

The senior Turkish diplomat in Israel defined on Wednesday Israeli deputy foreign minister's stance as primitive.

Turkish envoy defines Israel insult as 'primitive'

The senior Turkish diplomat in Israel defined on Wednesday Israeli deputy foreign minister's stance as primitive.

Oguz Celikkol, the Turkish ambassador to Israel, said that Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's attitude during their meeting was primitive.

Ayalon, who summoned Celikkol Tuesday to express Israel's uneasiness over a Turkish TV-series showing Israeli agents kidnapping a child, had Celikkol sit at a lower armchair in front of a table with only the Israeli flag on it, refusing to shake his hand in front of the press.

"A deputy minister's dealing with the length of chairs and thinking that this has made him superior is nothing but a primitive behavior," Celikkol told AA correspondent.

During their meeting on January 11, Ayalon expressed Celikkol Israel's uneasiness about a Turkish TV serial "Kurtlar Vadisi" (The Valley of the Wolves).

Celikkol said he did not watch the serial, and he was not actually the interlocutor because the serial was broadcast on a private TV channel.

Turkish Embassy officials said the meeting was held in a fairly respectful atmosphere, and the diplomats left the room after they had shaken hands with Ayalon.

The officials said the diplomatic row occurred after press organs published and broadcast related stories.

"If the deputy minister had said what he said in Hebrew in English, I would have ended the meeting and left the room at that moment," ambassador Celikkol said.

During his meeting with Celikkol, Ayalon told reporters in Hebrew that making Turkish ambassador sit at a lower armchair in front of a table with only the Israeli flag on it was a deliberate act.

Also, the Turkish Embassy in Israel has been receiving telephone calls, fax an e-mail messages from not only the Jews of Turkish origin but also hundreds of Israeli citizens that showed their reaction.

Some Israeli lawmakers, intellectuals, journalists and authors have the Turkish Embassy and expressed their sorrow and uneasiness.


AA

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