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Turkey has said it will recall its ambassador unless a row over his treatment by Israel's deputy foreign minister is rapidly resolved.
The dispute comes after the deputy minister, Danny Ayalon, summoned the ambassador, Oguz Celikkolits, to rebuke him over a TV series.
He then ensured the ambassador was seated on a lower chair and removed the Turkish flag from the table.
On Monday, Mr. Avalon invited television crews to film a meeting at which he kept the Turkish Ambassador, Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, waiting in an entry room to his office, then seated him in a lower sofa than his and refused to shake his hand.
“The important thing is that people see that he’s low and we’re high and that there is no flag here,” Mr. Ayalon said to the cameras, speaking in Hebrew, which Mr. Celikkol does not understand, without seeming to know that his comments were being recorded.
Israel has apologised to Turkey in an effort to defuse a row over the treatment of its envoy in Tel Aviv.
Israel's prime minister said he hoped this "would end the affair".
Ankara had threatened to withdraw the ambassador unless it received a formal apology from Israel by Wednesday evening.
The row began when the envoy was summoned to Israel's foreign ministry over a Turkish TV series portraying Israeli agents kidnapping babies.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Ambassador Oguz Celikkol to rebuke him over the fictional television series Valley of the Wolves, popular in Turkey.
Mr Ayalon ensured the ambassador was seated on a lower chair and removed the Turkish flag from the table.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the ambassador would "return on the first plane" on Thursday unless Israel issued a public apology.
In the letter of apology, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "again expressed his concern over the cooling of the ties between Israel and Turkey" and instructed officials "to find ways to prevent this trend", according to a statement from his office.