Turkey released an Israeli couple who were accused of espionage when they photographed the house of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This event led to the first meeting of the leaders of both countries since 2013. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked Erdogan for his efforts to free the Israelis.
Natali and Mordi Oknin were arrested on November 9 after they photographed the house of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from a TV tower in Istanbul. They were accused of espionage. The turning point in the case came when Mossad chief David Barnea spoke to his Turkish counterpart and assured him that Natali and Mordi Oknin were not spies and had nothing to do with Israeli intelligence.
– Thank you to the entire nation of Israel. I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us, those who led to our release, said Natali Oknin after she landed in Tel Aviv on a chartered plane.
Israel – Turkey. First Leadership Conversation in Years
This event became the impetus for talks between the Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bennett thanked the Turkish president for helping to solve the case. The Reuters agency noted that this was the first official conversation between the leaders of the two countries since 2013.
On Thursday, Erdogan also spoke with Israeli President Yitzhak Hercog, who thanked the Turkish President and expressed hope for a warming diplomatic relations between the countries
– Let’s hope that relations with Turkey will warm up. I am convinced that after days of such intense contacts, ties have developed that will naturally serve us in the future, said Israeli Minister Matan Kahana, quoted by Reuters.
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