Israeli-Turkish cooperation stops Israeli youth from joining ISIS

"With the diplomatic help of Israeli representatives in Turkey, and of the Turkish authorities, there was a good ending to the incident," Foreign Ministry official says.

By
September 1, 2015 13:30
1 minute read.
ISIS

ISIS. (photo credit: ISLAMIC SOCIAL MEDIA)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Turkish officials worked with Israeli diplomats over the last couple of days to locate and repatriate a 21-year-old man who was in the country with the suspected intention of joining the Islamic State, the Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The cooperation comes amid recent signs of growing normalization between the two countries whose bilateral ties were badly damaged by the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010. Recent developments include the meeting in Tel Aviv on Monday between a Turkish economic delegation and Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, acting minister of the Regional Cooperation Ministry, to promote a proposal to build an industrial zone near Jenin.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


According to spokesman Alon Lavi, the ministry received a call on Thursday from a family concerned about a family member who flew to Crete on his way to Syria. From what the youth wrote on the Internet, the family feared he was on the way to join Islamic State.

The youth traveled from Crete to Izmir in Turkey and from there to Adana, in the southeastern part of the country, and from there to Iskenderun, near the Syrian border.

Lavi said that Israel – working with Interpol, Turkish authorities including the police in Iskenderun, its embassy in Ankara, and consulate in Istanbul – was able to successfully locate the youth The youth was returned to his parents – his legal guardians – who traveled to Iskenderun and brought him back to Israel on Tuesday. Parents can remain legal guardians over their children over the age of 18 in cases where the child has mental disabilities.

Ilana Ravid, director of the ministry’s department that deals with Israelis abroad, said the case was “complicated and worrisome,” but “with the diplomatic help of the Israeli representatives in Turkey, and the good will of the Turkish authorities, there was a good ending to the incident.”

It was not immediately clear whether legal proceedings will be initiated against the youth.

Related Content

August 15, 2018
Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake regarding nuclear talks

By REUTERS