Israel Warns Turkey over Mossad Drama
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkey's ambassador to Israel, Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, for a hearing Monday following the airing of a television show in Turkey that portrays Israeli agents as abductors of babies.
The show, “Ambush in the Valley of the Wolves,” depicts Mossad espionage agents attacking the Turkish embassy in Israel and taking the ambassador and his family hostage. It also shows the Mossad spying in Turkey and abducting babies to the Israeli embassy in Istanbul.
Ayalon said that shows like these endanger the lives of Jews in Turkey and "could harm bilateral relations" between Israel and Turkey. Israel “expects that the Turkish government would find a way to avoid repetition of such phenomena” and wants the government at Ankara to make it clear that it does not accept the views expressed by the series, he said.
Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Monday of threatening peace in the region. He demanded that Israel cease violating Lebanon's airspace and territorial waters and asked the UN Security Council to pressure Israel regarding nuclear arms, just as it pressures Iran.
"We can never remain silent in the face of Israel's attitude... We can never accept this picture," Erdogan said at a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who said for his part that Israel is an enemy that threatens Lebanon's security. Erdogan promised to support Lebanon's case against Israel at the United Nations, where Turkey is a temporary member of the Security Council.