As the Israeli Foreign ministry is on strike these days, I will keep it short and to the point:
1. Following comments which were made by a private individual, opinions which at no point resembled any coherent idea or statement held or given by the government of Israel; I had [for the first time in my life] needed to leave a very interesting roundtable discussion on Israeli-Turkish relations.
2. My apologies to the organizers of the roundtable event, friends which had labored to improve Israeli Turkish ties.
3. Never would I have guessed that after withstanding two years of the very worst and most hateful rhetoric, an Israeli guest, in a Turkish panel would be the reason I would have to walk out.
4. One day before this event took place; another problematic and objectionable statement had been given, this time by a Turk. It would seem that when hateful and harmful rhetoric comes, it does so from all sides of the table…
Or as the saying goes: When it rains, it pours.
Ohad Avidan Kaynar – DCM
Consulate General of Israel in Istanbul