The rise in trade was recorded despite the political problems overclouding the relations between the two countries since May's deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship.
According to figures compiled by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israeli exports to Turkey and Turkish imports to Israel were both up by 30% in the past year. The growth was recorded mainly in the exports of chemical substances, agricultural products and refined fuel.
"The political events have not had a bad influence on business between the two countries in the public sector," Israel's Commercial Attaché in Ankara Doron Avrahami told Ynet. "Most Israeli businesspeople have adopted a 'business as usual' approach and are continuing to work."
According to Avrahami, "The atmosphere in meetings between businesspeople of both sides has been improving thanks to political talk about a reconciliation, but business went on as usual even when the atmosphere was not as good."
A firefighting team sent to Israel from Turkey to help battle the Carmel wildfire led to progress in a quiet dialogue between the two countries.
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