Israelis living in, visiting Turkey apprehensive after latest arrests

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Israelis living in, visiting Turkey apprehensive after latest arrests
Natali and Mordy Oaknin were arrested on counts of suspected espionage after the couple was caught taking a photo of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential palace.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Published: NOVEMBER 16, 2021

In the midst of the arrests of Israeli citizens Natali and Mordy Oaknin in Istanbul, Turkey last Thursday, Israelis who live in or plan to travel to Turkey have grown concerned about the situation, with many canceling planned trips to Turkey and Israelis located in Turkish cities reporting increased anxiety and fear. Carolyn Bar-Shalom, who has been to Istanbul several times and is currently vacationing there, told Maariv that “my friends and I usually speak Hebrew during trips to Turkey, (but) this time we would speak Russian or Georgian, and we also try (not to) say that we are from Israel, because we are afraid to take unnecessary risks.”

“If I was in Turkey three weeks or six months ago, then I would feel completely safe, now I feel less safe because I see that such a delusional case can happen to anyone,” said Etty Katsav, an Israeli who currently resides in Turkey. Vered Shevach, an expert on Turkish culture and owner of the tourism company, shared some of the concerns mentioned. "Since the case began to make headlines in the country, many Israelis have begun to be afraid to go to Turkey. There are those who hesitate to travel, and some even cancel flights."

Natali and Mordy Oaknin were arrested on counts of suspected espionage after the couple was caught taking a photo of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential palace. Police initially recommended deporting them, though prosecutors decided to charge them on counts of “political or military espionage.” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the Oaknins are “two innocent citizens who accidentally ended up in a complex situation.”

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