Israeli press reports revealed that “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intervened and put an end to the case of the Israeli couple who had been detained in Turkey.”
The newspaper “Israel Hayom” quoted a senior diplomatic official as saying that “Erdogan’s intervention put an end to the incident.”
Another diplomatic official told the newspaper that “as soon as Erdogan’s office learned of the incident, the process that allowed their release began, and Erdogan is personally responsible for the conclusion of this incident,” noting that “as soon as the Turkish president’s office was briefed on this issue, he gave his representatives all clarity to end this incident.” things.”
In a joint statement, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid earlier said: “After joint efforts with Turkey, Mordi and Natalie Oknin were released from prison, on their way home in Israel.”
“We thank the President of Turkey and his government for their cooperation and look forward to welcoming the couple back home,” they added.
Bennett is expected to hold a phone conversation with Erdogan later on Thursday, while the Israeli prime minister has not had a public conversation with the Turkish president since 2013, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.
The Israeli couple, Mordi and Natalie Oknin, arrived at dawn today, Thursday, to Tel Aviv from Turkey, after they were detained there on suspicion of being involved in espionage activities due to their filming of the presidential palace in Istanbul.
Source: “Yediot Aharonot” + “Yisrael Hayom”