Turks take revenge on Israel for 'humiliation' of their ambassador

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Turkey was enraged in January when Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon humiliated the Turkish ambassador to Israel by sitting him in a lower chair and inviting the press to take pictures. On Sunday, Turks apparently connected to President Recep Erdogan hypocritically fired back by unfurling a massive poster depicting Israeli President Shimon Peres bowing down to his Turkish counterpart.

The poster read: "Erdogan, a leader whom the world bows down to."

Diplomatic officials in Jerusalem cited by The Jerusalem Post called the poster "scandalous" and a serious display of disrespect for both Peres and Israel.

Israel officially shrugged off the incident and did not file any complaints with Ankara, though Turkey was far less forgiving of Ayalon last month.

After summoning the Turkish envoy to reprimand him over a Turkish television series depicting Israeli Jews as bloodthirsty killers, Ayalon had him sit on a low couch, while the Israeli and his aide said in higher chairs. Such an arrangement is considered an insult in the Middle East.

At the time, Ayalon refused to apologize, and insisted that Israel's neighbors must understand that Jerusalem will not just roll over while its citizens are publicly maligned by regional media.

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