Israel Expels Turkish Envoy After Erdogan Boots Israeli Ambassador, Accuses IDF of ‘Genocide’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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The Times of Israel reports: Israel expelled Turkey’s consul to Jerusalem on Tuesday, as diplomatic tensions between Jerusalem and Ankara over deadly clashes on the Gaza border a day earlier spiraled to a fresh nadir.

The move came after Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and amid a harsh verbal back and forth between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Consul-General Hüsnü Gürcan Türkoğlu, who represents Turkey to the Palestinian Authority, was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry and told to leave the country. The move was extraordinary in that Israel rarely interacts with foreign diplomats dealing exclusively with the Palestinians.

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