Israeli Diplomat Expelled from Turkey over Flotilla

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The relationship between two former Middle East allies turned more sour on Friday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that his nation was expelling Israel's ambassador and cutting military ties with the Jewish state over its refusal to apologize for later year's flotilla raid. 

"Today, we reached a point where Israel has, in fact, spent all of the chances that were given to them. The Israeli government, on the other hand, see themselves (as being) above international laws and human conscience," Davuto?lu said.

"It is time Israel pays a price," he added.
The news comes as the United Nations releases a report on the violence that unfolded last year aboard a Gaza-bound protest flotilla.

The 105-page report found that Israeli commandos faced "organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers" when they boarded the Mavi Marmara and had thereby acted in self-defense.
Turkey's leaders have long been upset over Israel's refusal to apologize for that deadly raid. But an Israeli official said Friday's report shows its actions were in line with international law.

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