Despite Netanyahu’s strong statement that there will be no further apologies from Israel after the mild clarification from Ayalon on chastising Turkish ambassador, the deputy FM issued a new, written apology just in the nick of time before Turkish ultimatum went into effect.
Humiliatingly, Israel succumbed to Turkish undiplomatic ultimatum of recalling its ambassador. Turkey thus won on all counts: it got away with anti-Semitic TV shows, Erdogan’s virulently anti-Israeli remarks in Lebanon, and with an ultimatum to Israel. In Muslim world, Erdogan became a new hero who prevailed upon Israel. “Israel understands only Turkish” is a typical headline from Arab media.