"This is not diplomacy, but rather a mistake by one person. It is good that this man, the deputy foreign minister, fixed his mistake," the president said at an event in Tel Aviv.
"This must not be attributed to the entire country and to all diplomats. We must learn not to make such mistakes," Peres reportedly said.
Earlier Thursday, Kadima Council chairman and former MK Haim Ramon said
that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government should send a letter of apology
to all the Israeli citizens
for humiliating Israel in an unnecessary confrontation with Turkey.
Turkey's main Jewish group on Thursday said the row between their country and Israel must be solved courteously, and warned that continued tensions could inflame anti-Semitism.
..."We continue to be concerned about a new environment in Turkey which permits and even encourages extreme expressions regarding Jews and Israel," Abraham H. Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement released Wednesday.
"While we have celebrated Turkey's history of coexistence with Jews and the protection Turkish society provides for its Jewish community, we cannot ignore this new atmosphere and its potential consequences."
No no, keep talking. You're doing just great.
See: the full monty:
Ayalon's associates responded that the messages of praise he had received from inside and outside his party outnumbered the condemnations by a ratio of eight to one. They stressed that everything he did was coordinated with Lieberman.
UPDATE: No no...see, Ayalon meant to threaten the Turkish ambassador, not humiliate him. Sheesh you people are so hyper-sensitive. He tewtally deserved it.
In the interview, Ayalon also said that the incident in which he reportedly 'humiliated' the Turkish ambassador by making him sit in a lower chair was intended to send the Turks a threatening message, not humiliate the ambassador. [SEE? Threatening, humiliating...not the same. -ed.]Donde los clown pants?
"The story with the cameras wasn't planned, I didn't think it was being recorded, and if it was - I didn't think it would be aired with sound. [ie: I though I would get away with it... - ed.] My intention wasn't to humiliate, but to send a visual message. The ambassador didn't feel humiliated either - only once reporters started calling him. The picture was aimed at the Turks, to send them a message. I think what Erdogan did to Peres in Davos is humiliation, not this," said Ayalon....During the meeting, Turkey's ambassador was seated in a low sofa, and facing him, in higher chairs, were Ayalon and two other officials - an arrangement carried out at Lieberman's orders. [But that doesn't mean it was, you know, "planned." - ed.]