"After these statements we will see relations get worse and worse. This is the turning point between Turkey and Israeli relations. Israel has lost one of its unique friends in the region and in the Islamic world."
8. Tilt-down from Ozcan''s face to his hands typing
"Turkey has a huge population, has a huge affect. And in this area, in this region, is one of the major players. So, whenever the Israelis would like to protect their interests, they will see an aggression and afterwards, they will see a Turkish state who would like to sabotage it."
10. Various of people walking in Taksim Square
11. Taksim Square in istanbul
12. SOUNDBITE: (Turkish) Bahadir Sahin, Istanbul resident:
"I approve of and support the Turkish government and the Turkish foreign ministry. Someone has to put an end to - what shall I call it? Israel''s disgrace against humanity."
13. Tram travelling along Taksim''s Istiklal Avenue
"In my opinion, Israel''s only friend and ally is Turkey. If they lose us as well, they will inch closer to isolation in the region. In the end it''s a mutually beneficial relationship, and most likely they will be the ones to suffer."
Turkey expelled Israel''s ambassador and will cut military ties with the country over its refusal to apologise for last year''s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, officials said on Friday, further straining a relationship which had been a cornerstone of regional stability.
Turkey''s move came before the anticipated publication on Friday of a United Nations report about the Israeli raid, which killed nine activists.
The breakdown in ties also raised concerns that other countries, including Egypt and Jordan, may follow suit by recalling ambassadors and increase Israel''s alienation in the region.
Relations between Turkey and Israel were once close.
Turkey had mediated several rounds of indirect negotiations between Israel and Syria in 2008, but the talks made no significant headway and were suspended following the Israeli military offensive in Gaza the following year.
Ties have soured further in recent years and deteriorated sharply after the flotilla bloodshed on May 31, 2010.
The Israeli ambassador''s expulsion is the most significant downgrading in ties between the two countries.
Foreign policy analyst Ozcan Tikit predicted that relations between the two countries would only get worse.
"This is the turning point between Turkey and Israeli relations. Israel has lost one of its unique friends in the region and in the Islamic world," said Tikit.
Residents of Istanbul echoed these sentiments, appearing to support their government''s action.
Cafe owner, Recep Cavusoglu, warned that Israel is close to losing its only ally in the region.
"In my opinion, Israel''s only friend and ally is Turkey. If they lose us as well, they will inch closer to isolation in the region," he said.
The Turkish decision increases Israel''s isolation at a sensitive time.
Israel faces turmoil in ties with another established regional ally, Egypt, where long-time leader Hosni Mubarak was deposed earlier this year and where there have been growing calls to revoke the three-decade-old Egypt-Israel peace agreement.
Last month, Egypt briefly threatened to withdraw its ambassador from Israel after a shooting in southern Israel left five Egyptian soldiers dead.
It also comes as Israel seeks to muster international support against an attempt by the Palestinians to have their state recognised at the UN later this month.
The UN report on the flotilla raid, obtained by the New York Times and posted on its website, said Israel''s naval blockade of Gaza was a "legitimate security measure."
But it also said Israel''s use of force against the flotilla was "excessive and unreasonable."
An Israeli official said the report showed Israel''s naval blockade was in keeping with international law.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because the report had yet to be officially released.
He said Israel expected it to be made public by the UN later on Friday.
Turkey has made an Israeli apology a condition of improving diplomatic ties.
Israeli officials say the report does not demand an Israeli apology, recommending instead that Israel should express regret and pay reparations.