Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan calls for 'continued dialogue' with Israel in phone call

Hours after release of Israeli couple held week on suspicion of espionage, Turkish President tells Israeli counterpart that continuation of contact and dialogue between Turkey and Israel was in their 'mutual interest'

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Published: 11.18.21, 17:00
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday spoke by phone with Israeli counterpart Isaac Herzog, in a rare exchange between the two countries, urging continued dialogue in their mutual interest, according to the presidency.
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  • The phone call came a few hours after an Israeli couple held in Turkey for a week on suspicion of espionage were released.
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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    (Photo: AFP)
    Erdogan told Herzog during the phone call that the continuation of contact and dialogue between Turkey and Israel was in their "mutual interest", according to the Turkish presidency.
    Erdogan also said Turkish-Israeli relations were important for security and stability in the Middle East.
    He told his Israeli counterpart: "Disagreements could be reduced to a minimum if both sides acted in mutual understanding in terms of bilateral and regional issues," said the presidency.
    Ahead of this exchange, Mordi and Natali Oknin, who were detained last week for allegedly taking a photograph of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's home in Istanbul, were released.
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    מורדי ונטלי אוקנין בריאיון ראשון לתקשורת
    מורדי ונטלי אוקנין בריאיון ראשון לתקשורת
    Natali and Mordy Oknin
    (Photo: Shmulik Davidpur)
    An Istanbul court had charged them with "political and military espionage", Turkish media reports revealed.
    The Oknins denied the charges, while Foreign Minister Yair Lapid insisted the couple were not employees of any intelligence agency.
    Erdogan, a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, has regularly accused Israel of "terrorism" against the Palestinians
    Relations between Turkey and Israel have been strained, especially since ambassadors were withdrawn in 2018 after the deaths of Palestinian protesters in Gaza.
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