Israeli Foreign Minister thanks Turkey for blocking “Iran’s plan to assassinate Israeli tourists”

Israeli Foreign Minister thanks Turkey for blocking “Iran’s plan to assassinate Israeli tourists”
Israeli Foreign Minister thanks Turkey for blocking “Iran’s plan to assassinate Israeli tourists”

In a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Thursday, June 23, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid accused Iran of “involvement” in a plan to attack Israeli tourists, and thanked Turkey for taking measures to thwart this plan.

The Israeli foreign minister, who is supposed to be the next Israeli prime minister, said that the Turkish intelligence and security service revealed an Iranian terrorist plot against Israeli citizens, and we congratulate Turkey on its specialized and coordinated activity.
Lapid added: “We are confident that Turkey will respond to Iran because of these measures.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrived in Ankara today, Thursday, for a visit that lasted several hours. His flight was two hours later than scheduled due to “technical problems” in the plane.

It was announced that Lapid and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s talks would deal with cooperation to thwart Iran’s efforts to harm Israeli travelers.

And the Israeli foreign minister’s visit to Turkey took place despite the Knesset’s vote of no-confidence in Bennett’s government. Lapid is scheduled to head the interim government as prime minister until elections are held.

Coinciding with this trip, Turkish media reported that the Turkish authorities arrested a group of 8 members affiliated with the Iranian regime on charges of attempting to assassinate Israeli citizens in Istanbul.

These people were divided into 4 groups of two people each, and they were accommodated in two separate rooms in a hotel and other apartments in Istanbul.
Published reports indicate that not all of these individuals are Iranians, but they do not state their nationalities.

According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, one of the targets of Iranian agents of terrorist operations against Israeli citizens in Turkey was the former Israeli ambassador to Turkey and his wife, who were staying in a hotel in Istanbul. The Mossad transported the couple to Tel Aviv by private jet.

In recent weeks, Israeli media reported, citing Israeli security officials, that Iran had recruited Iranian and Turkish gangs to target Israeli citizens in Turkey.

Last month, the Turkish foreign minister visited the Palestinian territories and Israel.

It is noteworthy that Turkey was the first Islamic country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel after its establishment, but relations between the two countries have been severely strained 15 years ago.

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