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Turkey and Israel Expel Envoys Over Gaza Deaths

Wednesday 16 May 2018, by siawi3

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Haaretz - Israel News

May 16, 2018.
Sivan 2, 5778

Turkey and Israel Expel Envoys Over Gaza Deaths

Turkey tells ambassador in Ankara and consul general in Istanbul to leave the country ■ Israel ousts consul general in Jerusalem ■ Netanyahu and Erdogan trade barbs

Noa Landau and Jonathan Lis

May 16, 2018 3:37 AM

Photo: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, May 15, 2018.MATT DUNHAM/AFP

Second Gazan said killed in protests; Abbas recalls Washington envoy
South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel in wake of ’indiscriminate’ killing in Gaza

Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s envoys on Tuesday in an escalating diplomatic dispute over the killing by Israeli forces of 60 Palestinians a day during protests on the Gaza border.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry ordered Israeli Ambassador Eitan Naeh to leave the country for consultations for an undetermined period of time. In response, Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem, Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu, who is responsible for Turkey’s relations with the Palestinians, to return home for consultations. Turkey’s ambassador to Tel Aviv had already been recalled, as had Turkey’s ambassador in Washington.

In response to Israel expelling the Turkish envoy, Turkey summoned Israel’s consul general in Istanbul, Yossi Levi Safri, and also asked him to leave the country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that “Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state. ... He has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey.” Commenting on Twitter, the Turkish president said Israel has been occupying the land of defenseless people in violation of United Nations resolutions. He suggested that Netanyahu consult the Ten Commandments if he wants a lesson in humanity.

In return, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Erdogan. “A man who sends thousands of Turkish soldiers to hold the occupation of northern Cyprus and invades Syria will not preach to us when we defend ourselves from an attempt by Hamas. A man whose hands are stained with the blood of countless Kurdish citizens in Turkey and Syria is the last person to preach to us about combat ethics.”

Photo: Israeli ambassador to Turkey Eitan Naeh at the presidential Complex in Ankara, December 5, 2016.ADEM ALTAN/AFP

In September 2011, Turkey downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel, recalled its ambassador in Tel Aviv and expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara in response to a UN inquiry that found Israel had not violated international law when it commandeered a Turkish flotilla in 2010 that was trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Ten passengers on one ship, the Mavi Marmara, were killed in the confrontation.

In a 2016 reconciliation deal, Israel transferred $20 million to a fund set up by the Turkish government to financially compensate the Turkish victims’ families.

Meanwhile, Belgium summoned the Israeli ambassador, Simona Frankel, to a meeting Wednesday with at its Foreign Ministry as diplomatic fallout from the bloodshed in Gaza continued. Belgium’s prime minister on Monday called for an international probe of the events in Gaza while linking them to the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

The Irish government also summoned the Israeli ambassador, Zeev Boker, over the Gaza killings. Ireland has called for an independent UN investigation.

See: Diplomatic fallout from deadly Gaza clashes.Haaretz here

On Monday, South Africa recalled its ambassador in Israel. “The South Africa government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said. Other countries, including France and Germany, have condemned Israel’s reaction to Monday’s protests. Australia, on the other hand, has blamed Hamas for “confrontational” conduct.

In an unusual move, the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence for “Palestinian and Israeli victims."

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Haaretz - Israel News
May 16, 2018.
Sivan 2, 5778

Abbas Recalls Palestinian Envoy in Washington Over Jerusalem Embassy Move

According to senior Palestinian officials, the envoy is already heading home

The Associated Press and Reuters May 15, 2018 9:43 PM

Photo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with the UN secretary general at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 20, 2017.ANGELA WEISS/AFP

Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza deaths
Second Gazan said killed in protests; Abbas recalls Washington envoy
’A long time coming’: Trump congratulates Israel at official Jerusalem embassy opening

President Mahmoud Abbas recalled the Palestinian envoy in Washington, a senior Palestinian official told Reuters.

Husam Zomlot, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s chief representative in Washington, was already on his way back to the Palestinian Territories, Saeb Erekat, senior Palestinian negotiator, said. A foreign ministry statement carried by the official Wafa news agency said the decision "follows the moving of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

"When they (the U.S.) opened their embassy in Jerusalem there was a need for a decision from our side and this was our decision," Zomlot told the Associated Press.

>> Analysis: Dozens of Palestinian Deaths in Gaza Didn’t Disturb Netanyahu’s ’Great Day for Peace’ in Jerusalem

The recall comes a day after the United States officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem amid clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at the Gaza border that killed dozens of protesters and wounded hundreds more.

In his address at the ceremony official ceremony celebrating the U.S. embassy move, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the embassy’s opening "this is history" and, addressing the U.S. president, said: "Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history."

Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem were urged to turn out en masse to protest the move. In Ramallah and El Bireh, the marches started at 11 A.M. and proceed to the Qalandiyah Checkpoint near Jerusalem. Marchers also set out from other cities, including Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus and Jericho. Thousands of policemen were deployed throughout Jerusalem in preparation.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted at the Gaza border between Israeli security forces and tens of thousands of Palestinians protesting the embassy move. Dozens of protesters were killed by Israeli live fire and hundreds more were wounded. The Israeli military struck several Hamas targets in Gaza.

Condemnations of the embassy move and the Gaza deaths were heard throughout the Middle East and the world.

Belgium summoned the Israeli ambassador, Simona Frankel, to a meeting on Wednesday with a senior official of the Foreign Ministry as diplomatic fallout from Gaza deadly clashes continue. Belgium’s prime minister on Monday called for an international probe of the events in Gaza while linking the violence to the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

The Irish government also summoned the Israeli ambassador, Zeev Boker, to express its shock and dismay over the Gaza deaths, the Irish Times reported Tuesday. Ireland has called for an independent UN investigation.

On Monday, South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel due to the death toll in Gaza. "The South Africa government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border," the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.

Other countries, including France and Germany, have condemned Israel’s reaction to Monday’s protests. Australia, on the other hand, has blamed Hamas for "confrontational" conduct.

The Associated Press