Israeli and Turkey in secret talks: Jago Report
An Israeli minister secretly met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in order to thaw the deep chill in relations between former allies,
Channel Two television said the Trade Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, who is on good terms with the personal Davutoglu, met in an undisclosed location in Europe in recent days. He did not specify the content of the meeting.
If confirmed, this would be the first meeting between the parties at ministerial level since May 31 bloody Israeli commando raid on a Turkish ship carries a fleet of aid to Gaza despite an Israeli blockade.
The incident, which killed eight soldiers and a Turkish dual citizenship US-Turkish relations, already strained ties broken between Turkey and Israel. Ankara recalled its ambassador and canceled three planned joint military exercises.
The two countries were close allies until their friendship soured strong Turkish critical environment of a devastating war with Israel on Gaza began in December 2008.
Relations were strained further when the Israeli deputy minister gave Danny Ayalon Ambassador of Turkey to a public dressing room in protest against a Turkish television series that shows Israel in a bad light.
But talks between Ben Eliezer and Davutoglu were hidden by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister exasperating hawkish and straightforward, Avigdor Lieberman, told Channel Two.
While not mentioning Ben Eliezer Davutoglu or by name, office Leiberman said talks had taken place without his knowledge or approval.
“The Minister of Foreign Affairs takes very seriously the fact that it occurred without informing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said in a statement.
“It’s an insult to the standards of acceptable behavior and a blow to the confidence between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister.”
A statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had approved a request from Ben Eliezer to hold an informal meeting with a personality “Turkish” and lack of coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been for ” technical reasons “.