Israeli couple accused of spying by Turkey released, sent home

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Israeli couple accused of spying by Turkey released, sent home
Natali and Mordi Oaknin, who had been jailed for photographing the Turkish president's palace, were returned to Israel on Thursday.
By LAHAV HARKOV
Published: NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Natali and Mordi Oaknin thanked Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid for their efforts in gaining their release, after they were sent to jail in Istanbul for photographing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home. Bennett and Lapid called the Oaknins hours after they arrived in Israel on Thursday, and asked how they are feeling. “We’re touched by everything that happened in Israel,” Mordi said. “Everyone worked together on the mission to get us out.”

“We don’t take what you did for granted… You were with us, “Natali added. “I heard that the minister and prime minister spoke with my family every day… We are eternally grateful. We’re strong, thanks to you.” During the nine-day ordeal, some in Israel highlighted social media posts by Natali Oaknin against Bennett and supporting former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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