Israel, as I half expected, has eaten Turkish crow not once, but twice in the past 24 hours for the unpardonable treatment meted out to Turkey’s ambassador at the hands of Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon. After the “take him to the woodshed” between Ayalon and the ambassador, Ayalon made a tepid personal apology for his actions.
Turkey promptly announced that an apology from Ayalon was insufficient and that it expected an official government apology, since Turkey viewed the incident as one that reflected on the entire Israel-Turkey relationship. In fact, it announced it was prepared to recall its ambassador if Israel refused to respond in a satisfactory manner. The Turkish government had already instructed him to return home Thursday.
Astonishingly, Israel responded that no second apology would be forthcoming. Until it realized it would be breaking off relations with the only Muslim country in the world that recognized it. Shimon Peres apparently realized this and got on the phone with Bibi, Yvette, and Ayalon and persuaded the latter to stand down from his refusal. Otherwise, God only knows what sort of international incident we’d be dealing with now.
The second apology was forthcoming and this appears to have mollified the Turks. Though if one reads it it is clearly a tissue of lies:
In the letter of official apology, Ayalon wrote that “I had no intention to humiliate you personally and apologize for the way the demarche was handled and perceived. Please convey this to the Turkish people for whom we have great respect. I hope that both Israel and Turkey will seek diplomatic and courteous channels to convey messages as two allies should,” the letter said.
Can you imagine an idiot who humiliates the national representative of one of the most important nations in the region to have the chutzpah in his alleged apology to call upon Turkey to be courteous in its communications with Israel? This really is too much even for the dunderheads running the Israeli foreign ministry.