Israel in Loss

Israel has apologised to Turkey in an effort to defuse a row over the treatment of its envoy in Tel Aviv.

Ankara had threatened to withdraw the ambassador unless it received a formal apology from Israel by Wednesday evening.

The row began when the envoy was summoned to Israel’s foreign ministry over a Turkish TV series portraying Israeli agents kidnapping babies.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Ambassador Oguz Celikkol to rebuke him over the fictional television series Valley of the Wolves, popular in Turkey.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the ambassador would “return on the first plane” on Thursday unless Israel issued a public apology.

In the letter of apology, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “again expressed his concern over the cooling of the ties between Israel and Turkey” and instructed officials “to find ways to prevent this trend”, according to a statement from his office.

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had received the apology it “wanted and expected in diplomatic terms.”

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