Israel not to appoint new ambassador to Turkey

The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that it had decided not to appoint a new ambassador to Turkey, the Middle East Monitor reported on Thursday.

Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Emmanuel Nakhshon said the decision had been made in accordance with the principle of reciprocity. Ankara previously said that it would not return its ambassador to Tel Aviv. 

Israel has also decided not to appoint a new consul to Istanbul. 

Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara in response to Israeli security forces killing and injuring Palestinians protesting the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem in May. 

Turkey previously recalled its ambassador to Israel in 2010 in the wake of an incident in which Israeli security forces raided a ship belonging to a Turkish aid organisation on its way to Gaza, killing nine activists.

Turkey reappointed a new ambassador in December 2016 in an effort to normalise relations between the two countries.