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Israel’s apology to Turkey over its treatment of the Turkish ambassador has failed to convince many pundits in the Middle Eastern media.

A spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped the affair, in which Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon deliberately seated the Turkish envoy in a low chair and removed the Turkish flag from a table, was now “behind us.”

But several commentators in the Middle East and Turkey suggested permanent damage had been done to Israeli-Turkish relations. In Israel, many condemned Ayalon’s behavior, while others felt he had only been responding in kind to Turkish “incitement”. BBC

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