Yeah, about that.

by J.A. Myerson

Remember when, yesterday, Alex Kane said this?

Since the report is being published tomorrow, Turkey has said that it is going to “Plan B.” It’s a little unclear what that means, but there are a couple of things that have been floating around in the Turkish and Israeli press. Recep Tayyib Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, has said he’s going to visit Gaza, which Israel is not going to like. There might be further diplomatic ramifications for Israel, in terms of a downgrading of its diplomatic status within Ankara. I think they still have ambassador-to-ambassador relations, but that may change. Further contracts that Turkish businesses have with Israel might be affected. It’s unclear what this report’s specific implications will be for Israeli-Turkish relations, but I think we’re going to see in the coming days.

Well, today, the Times says this.

The anticipated publication Friday of a U.N. report on violence aboard a Gaza-bound protest flotilla last year has led to a further souring of the key Mideast relationship between Israel and Turkey, after Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador.

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