Turkey expels Israeli envoy over Gaza flotilla
Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara on Friday and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally after a UN report condemned excessive force used by Israel on a Gaza aid flotilla.
“At this point the measures we are taking are: The relations between Turkey and Israel will be downgraded to second secretary level. All officials over the level of second secretary, primarily the ambassador, will turn back to their country at the latest on Wednesday,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a press conference.
Davutoglu counted five measures against Isreal as a protest for its failure to fulfill Turkey’s demands to overcome the crisis erupted after Israeli commandor stormed the flagship of the aid flotilla and killed nine Turks.
“Second, all the military agreements between Israel and Turkey are suspended,” he said.
“Third, as the country with the longest coastline on the Mediterrenean, Turkey will take every precaution it considers necessary for the safety of maritime navigation to East Mediterrenean,” he said.
Davutoglu said Turkey did not recognise Israel’s right to blockade Gaza and intended to take its protest to The International Court of Justice in The Hague.
“For this aim, we are starting initiatives at UN Security Council,” he added.