The National Security Council’s counterterrorism bureau advised Israelis on
Tuesday night to avoid traveling to Turkey because of the threat of an impending
terrorist attack there.
Terrorist elements were planning an attack
against “Israeli/Jewish targets in Turkey in the coming days,” the bureau said.
Therefore, according to the advisory, Israelis should refrain from visiting the
The advisory comes less than a week after the Mossad – according
to a report in the Istanbul-based daily Hurriyet – warned that Israel’s
diplomatic missions in the country could be targeted by Iran.
story aired on NTV News, Hurriyet said the Mossad sent a letter to Turkey’s MIT
National Intelligence Agency warning of a plot by the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards’ Quds Force to attack Israeli targets in the country. Israel has an
embassy in Ankara – though the ambassador and top diplomats were expelled last
year as a result of the Mavi Marmara raid – and a consulate in
Four people have already entered Turkey from Iran and are in
possession of weapons and materials to be used in the attacks, the report
The travel advisory comes soon after a series of alleged Iranian
plots to attack Israeli targets were thwarted in Georgia, Azerbaijan and
Thailand. One attack succeeded when a bomb attached to an Israeli diplomatic car
wounded Tali Yehoshua Koren in New Delhi.
The advisory also came just
hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who in recent weeks has
slightly toned down his anti-Israel rhetoric, stepped it up once again, accusing Israel of committing genocide.
“We are asking that Israel stop the
genocide it is carrying out against Palestinians in Gaza,” Erdogan said. “We are
asking Israeli residents, the children of the Holocaust, to stop the attacks
against the Palestinian people. The government is carrying out terrorist
actions; I ask that the people say enough to this terror.”
Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded by saying, “If targeting rocket
shooters is genocide, what would Mr. Erdogan call killing Kurdish civilians?”
Erdogan’s comments came as the US continues to look for ways to improve
Israeli-Turkish ties. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack
Obama discussed the matter in Washington last week.
contributed to this report.
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