Israel withdraws diplomatic mission from Turkey
Israel is withdrawing much of its diplomatic mission to Turkey, Ynet News reports:
Israel said it was reducing its diplomatic delegation in Turkey to the ‘minimum required’ on Friday after violent pro-Palestinian protests which it linked to Ankara’s public criticism of the Jewish state.
The Foreign Ministry said Turkish police had failed to provide adequate protection for Israel’s embassy and its consulate in Istanbul in a ‘blatant breach of diplomatic regulations’ and that envoys’ families were being repatriated.
Before the announcement, Turkey’s foreign minister ‘vehemently’ condemned Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza. Using his Twitter account, Ahmet Davutoglu said the ground operation is testing ‘the conscience of humanity.’