Israel will not apologize to Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, January 13 / Trend , R.Darakhshan/
Senior officials of the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Israel would not make new statements on the diplomatic row with Turkey, CNN Turk TV channel quoted Israeli radio.
Israeli officials said that if Turkey decides to withdraw the ambassador, it has a right to do so.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said earlier on Wednesday, that Israel doesn't want a confrontation with Turkey, but that it won't tolerate anti-Semitic remarks. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon issued the special statement of apology Tuesday night for his treatment of Turkish Ambassador Celikkol on Monday, HaAretz reported.
"My protest of the attacks against Israel in Turkey still stands," Ayalon said. "However, it is not my way to insult foreign ambassadors and in the future I will clarify my position by more acceptable diplomatic means."
Turkish Ambassador in Tel Aviv, Oguz Celikkol, was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Monday by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to criticize a Turkish television drama which is considered anti-Semitic in Israel. During the meeting, Ayalon refused to shake the Ambassador's hand and made him wait for a long time.