Demonstration against Israel and the United States in front of the Israeli consulate in Istanbul on May 15, 2018 in protest at the death the previous day of 59 Palestinians in clashes and protests
Turkey on Wednesday ordered the consul general of Israel in Istanbul to leave the country temporarily, the day after the Israeli government ordered to leave Jerusalem to the Turkish consul, according to the Turkish press.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry asked the Israeli Consul General in Istanbul, Yossi Levi Safri, to leave Turkey „for a time,“ the state news agency Anadolu said.
On the eve, Turkey had asked the Israeli ambassador to return „to his country for a time“ due to Monday’s bloody day on the Gaza-Israel border that left nearly 60 Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire.
On Tuesday, Israel responded by ordering him to leave for the Turkish consul-general in Jerusalem, who secured a mission of diplomatic representation in the Holy City to the Palestinian Authority.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a conservative Islamist, accused Israel on Monday of „state terrorism“ and „genocide.“
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by saying he did not admit „moral lessons“ from Erdogan, one of the „great supporters of Hamas.“
Erdogan replied by saying that Netanyahu had „Palestinian blood in his hands“ and that Israel was an „apartheid state“.
The Turkish president called a demonstration in Istanbul on Friday at 12h00 GMT under the slogan „Stop oppression.“
This crossing of accusations and reprisals puts at risk the weak normalization initiated since 2016 between Turkey and Israel after a serious diplomatic crisis triggered by an Israeli attack on a Turkish boat of an NGO that was trying to break the Gaza block.