There has been plenty of sabre rattling between Israel and Turkey over the past couple of weeks, up to and including with the Turkish Air Force de-registering Israeli warplanes from their flight computers’ friend/foe lists. But it is plucky little Tel Aviv that’s contemplating a move that might just prove the last straw for Ankara.
Namely? Israel Radio reported last night that Tel Aviv municipality is considering cancelling the Turkish embassy’s free parking lot on Yarkon Street. Considering the inability to find paid parking in Tel Aviv got Israelis to create the first-ever Hebrew Hitler rant video and contributed towards the build-up of social discontent ahead of the J14 protests, there’s no knowing what someone who used to have free parking in this city and is now deprived of it might do.
When asked to explain, a source in the municipality said the move is made possible by Turkey’s downgrading of relations between the two countries, as it’s far from certain junior embassy staff deserve the same parking privileges as the ambassador. He reassured the reporter the municipality will consult the Foreign Ministry before going ahead with the move.