Israelis warned: Terror threat in Turkey (JERUSALEM POST) By HERB KEINON 03/13/12)
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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.
Citing a 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 Istanbul.
Four people have already entered Turkey from Iran and are in
possession of weapons and materials to be used in the attacks, the
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
“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.”
Foreign 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.
Yaakov Katz contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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