Israel Says Turkey Snubbed Its Ambassador

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 1, 2010, a day after Israeli naval commandos stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists to the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday, killing nine passengers in a botched raid that provoked international outrage and a diplomatic crisis. Erdogan accused israel of using state terrorism.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) AP Photo

An Israeli official says Turkey has snubbed the country's ambassador last week by not inviting him to a diplomatic dinner.

Lawmaker Omer Celik of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party said the snub was a "display of criticism" of Israel's government.

The incident was the latest sign of deteriorating ties between the two formerly close allies. Relations hit a low point after Israel's May raid on an international flotilla that aimed to bust the blockade of Gaza and left nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists dead.

The Israeli official spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because the ministry had no official comment.
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