The Israeli couple arrested nine days ago in Turkey and accused of espionage for photographing the home of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was released last night and returned to Israel on Thursday. after diplomatic mediation.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Benet, and the Foreign Minister, Yair lapid, thanked “the president of Turkey and his government for their cooperation” to end the crisis between the two countries.
The Israeli tourist couple was arrested along with a Turkish citizen for taking photos of the presidential premises from the Camlica tower., a popular Istanbul tourist attraction, and accused of “political and military” espionage.
The Israeli authorities defended their innocence and assured that they were two tourists who traveled to Istanbul on vacation and that they both work as bus drivers at the Egged transport company.
“These are two innocent civilians who have been caught by mistake in a complex situation”, Benet insisted that this Thursday he spoke with the daughter to thank “the support of the family in these critical days.”
Officials from the prime minister’s office, the Mossad foreign intelligence service and the Foreign Ministry intervened in the diplomatic mediation, who contacted Erdogan’s close circle to convince him of the innocence of the detainees.
Relations between Israel and Turkey are fruitful in commercial exchanges and military cooperation, although in recent years there have been diplomatic conflicts and governments often disagree on the Palestinian issue.
(With information from EFE)
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