Israel's suspending Turkish agricultural imports won't affect Ankara: minister

Israel's suspending Turkish agricultural imports won't affect Ankara: minister

Turkey ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to temporarily leave the country, on Wednesday, as the two countries engage in a war of words and series of diplomatic expulsions over Israel's massacre of Palestinians on the Gaza border on Monday.

Ankara has been a vocal critic of the Israeli violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem.

President Tayyip Erdogan, however described Monday's bloodshed as the deadliest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict, as genocide and called Israel a terrorist state.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received members of Neturei Karta in a closed-to-press meeting in London on Tuesday - just after calling Israel a "terror state".

Israel's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the Turkish charge d'affaires in Israel to its Jerusalem headquarters for a reprimand over what it called in a statement "inappropriate treatment" of the ambassador.

Erdogan will on Friday host an emergency summit meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul which he has said will send a "strong message to the world" on the whole issue.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it's fitting since Guatemala also followed the U.S.to be the second country to recognize Israel 70 years ago.

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Turkey also summoned Israel's Consul-General in Istanbul and demanded that he leave the country until further notice.

Elton Naeh, the ambassador, had only been in his post since December 2016, after a reconciliation deal earlier that year ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli commandos that saw relations downgraded for more than half a decade. "Netanyahu has Palestinian blood on his hands and he is the Prime Minister of an Apartheid State", Erdogan said.

Netanyahu responded that Erdogan "is among Hamas's biggest supporters" and "understands terrorism and slaughter".

Speaking alongside May, Erdogan warned that history would not forgive Israel or the U.S. for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem in defiance of outrage in the Islamic world.

"The synergy which will occur when Turkey's operational opportunities and the UK's financial power come together will bring very big benefits to both sides", Erdogan said.

Hundreds of people also held protests for a second day in Istanbul and Ankara.

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