Israeli tourists are boycotting Turkey following Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's harsh statements against the Jewish state on the background of the Israeli operation in Gaza.
According to a survey commissioned by the TravelList price comparison company, 84% of Israelis are refusing to travel to Turkey, 9% are waiting for a reconciliation meeting between Israeli and Turkish leaders before they decide what to do, and only 4% believe that Israelis can still travel to Turkey regardless of the security situation.
The Foreign Ministry recently warned Israelis against visiting Turkey due to the anti-Israel protests held in the country in response to Operation Protective Edge.
The survey, which was conducted during the operation, also asked respondents whether they were planning a summer vacation despite the security situation. Only 35% said they had gone or would go on their vacation as planned.
The remaining 65% said they would be changing their plans: 19% said they did not know when they would go on vacation, 18% were waiting for a ceasefire to go on vacation, 11% were planning to cancel their planned vacation, 9% were planning to postpone it to the Jewish holidays in September, and 8% had not decided yet.
"The survey sought to explore the effect of the security situation on the Israeli traveler," explained TravelList CEO Tamar Gerzon, "and we indeed see a significant drop in demands.
"Israel's travel industry has suffered a critical blow in its most important season. Starting with the wave of cancellations from reserve soldiers and their families, through dealing with the ramifications of the flight ban by foreign airlines, to the Israeli passengers' unwillingness to vacation in Turkey during this period."
The survey was conducted for TravelList by the Meida Shivuki C.I. research institute among a representatives national sample of 500 respondents, men and women, aged 18 and over.