Davutoğlu refused to shake hands with Barak
At the Munich Security Conference in early February, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu refused to shake hands with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Davutoğlu did not shake hands with Barak,
thus rejecting an attempt by US and German officials to break the ice
between Turkey and Israel during a dinner hosted by Bavarian Premier
Horst Seehofer on the sidelines of the conference last month.
to the seating plan prepared by US and German officials, Davutoğlu sat
next to Seehofer and US Vice President Joe Biden, while Barak sat
opposite the Turkish minister. When officials sitting in Davutoğlu's row
started to shake hands with the figures sitting opposite them, the
Turkish minister immediately stood up and greeted the Macedonian and
Croatian presidents. Seeing Davutoğlu not responding to his attempt to
shake his hand, Barak said, “As the distance between the two sides of
the table is wide, we could not reach each other's hand.” Davutoğlu
replied: “No, the problem is not the size of the table. There will
always be a distance between us unless you meet our demands.”
Who needs the Turkish government anyway?
Labels: Ahmet Davutoglu, Ehud Barak, Turkish obsession with Israel