Thursday, January 14, 2010

Israel's Turkey embarrassment

Jeffrey Goldberg gets it completely right on the scandal of the Israeli deputy foreign minister's deliberate humiliation of the Turkish ambassador. Danny Ayalon has shown himself to be utterly juvenile (as have some Israeli commentators, who have very strange ideas about what constitutes 'national honour').

What's more, this is the man who - as you recall - confessed he had no idea that Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP he hosted on a visit to Israel, was in any way controversial and the subject of a massive row in the UK, until he read about him on the front page of the JC, waiting to be interviewed in our office.

If Netanyahu can't, for coalitionary reasons, fire Ayalon right now, I hope he is gently eased out sometime in the coming months. He is completely unfit to hold public office.

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