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damage control: you're doing it wrong

Oh dear...
"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.]

"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.]
Donde los clown pants?


INCOMING!!!!!!! said…
Oh yeah?? BTW AP did you notice we just dissed NK?
A. Peasant said…
it's my pesky family incoming, they keep insisting i take care of them which interferes with my noticing things going on elsewhere in the world...
nobody said…
I can dig it. None of your family has Alzheimers do they? Never mind that, this story has been doing the rounds in the regular media and always with the same tilt. Ayalon's comments to the press crew ie. that they pay attention to the fact that the Turkish ambassador was sitting lower and that there was no Turkish flag, are all completely ignored.

The unspoken gist of the MSM story is that this was an unintended slight that the thin-skinned Turks over-reacted to with the oh-so magnanimous Israelis apologising in spite of the fact that really it was nothing much.

For mine, the insult is the least of the story. It's Ayalon's keenness to draw everyone's attention to it that's the big deal. He just couldn't help himself could he? And everyone piled in to tell him how well he'd done, did they? It seems that they couldn't help themselves neither. Hmm... I expect that this will be Israel's undoing - the irrestible desire to brag versus the need to keep the whole thing secret.
A. Peasant said…
hiya nobs, no no alzheimers. just routine duties.

i haven't even seen the msm spin, so that doesn't surprise me. what a crock. yes you have it right. they have a fatal flaw, displayed clearly by this incident: they are completely tone deaf to normal human emotions. everything is always all about them. entirely self-referential. so who needs an apology in their mind? well *they* do, for being embarrassed over something they approve of 8:1. it's a mob mentality.

and as peres said, "we must *learn* not to make such mistakes."
do most people have to *learn* not to treat other people like second class citizens? no. but for born racists, it's a skill to keep up with -- hiding what you really feel. and basically, they can't, since it's such a widespread sickness, there's no ability to keep it in check.