“The Israeli ambassador was told that our envoy to Israel was called back for consultations, and was informed that it would be appropriate for him to go back to his country for some time”, a Turkish Foreign Ministry source said.
One reason though is an assessment by Tehran that Trump – the man who promised during the campaign to blow Iranian vessels out of the water if they came too close to USA ships – might follow through on his promise.
The current whirlwind of diplomacy and negotiations will not end with “a honest and complete disarmament” but with “a reduced North Korean nuclear threat”, said Thae Yong-ho, who fled his post as the North’s deputy ambassador to Britain in August 2016.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said: “We curse the massacre carried out by Israeli security forces, encouraged by this step, on the Palestinians participating in peaceful demonstrations”. A larger site will be built later when the rest of the embassy moves from Tel Aviv.
The operations of nearly all the airlines – domestic and global – were affected as the runway had to be closed down and the flight services suspended for a while, the sources said. The dust storm interrupted an event Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was to attend in east Delhi.
Given all of the Trump administration’s big foreign-policy announcements in recent weeks, the official move of the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday has seemingly flown under the radar.