Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ayalon: If Israel is attacked, we'll consider expelling ambassadors

(Haaretz).Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Saturday that if Israel was attacked, all options would be on the table, including the expulsion of ambassadors.

In the interview with Channel 2, Ayalon praised Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's policies. "His policy is proving to be effective. We will not allow a situation where every country will kick us. If there will be an attack on Israel, we will leave all options open, including the expulsion of ambassadors," said the Deputy Foreign Minister. "We do not want to argue with anyone, but we will not sit idly by."

In the interview, Ayalon also said that the incident in which he reportedly 'humiliated' the Turkish ambassador by making him sit in a lower chair was intended to send the Turks a threatening message, not humiliate the ambassador.

"The story with the cameras wasn't planned, I didn't think it was being recorded, and if it was - I didn't think it would be aired with sound. My intention wasn't to humiliate, but to send a visual message. The ambassador didn't feel humiliated either - only once reporters started calling him. The picture was aimed at the Turks, to send them a message. I think what Erdogan did to Peres in Davos is humiliation, not this," said Ayalon.