Israel’s Ambassador to Turkey landed back in Tel Aviv on Wednesday as the spat between the former allies continued to escalate following deadly violence along Israel’s border with Gaza.
A day after it expelled the Israeli ambassador, Turkey asked Israel’s consul general in Istanbul to leave as well. Israel, in turn, summoned a top Turkish diplomat to be reprimanded for what Israel described as the humiliation of the country’s ambassador as he was kicked out of Turkey.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused Turkey of subjecting Na’eh to a particularly severe security screening at the airport in Istanbul and inviting local Turkish media to capture him being frisked and forced to remove his shoes and jacket.
Relations between Israel and Turkey imploded in 2010 after a confrontation between Israeli commandos and a pro-Islamic Turkish flotilla trying to breach the blockade of Gaza left 10 Turkish activists dead.
Erdogan has since often lashed out at Israel over its clashes with Palestinians and he led the international criticism of Israel after nearly 60 Palestinians were killed on Monday.
He also ratcheted up his rhetoric against the US Embassy move to Jerusalem