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Report: Turkey stops attack prior to Israeli FM visit

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Suzan Fraser

Turkey, Ankara (AP) — Turkish authorities suspected of planning an attack on Israel prior to Israel's foreign minister's visit to Turkey on Thursday. Detained five Iranians. Yair Lapid, according to Turkish media reports.

Rapid will be Turkish counterpart Mevrut late Thursday as the two countries are working to remedy tensions over strong support for Turkey's Palestinians. I will meet with Chabsoguru.

They were also expected to discuss recent warnings that Israel called on citizens to avoid traveling to Turkey and urged the Israelis in Turkey to leave immediately. The warning said Israeli citizens could be the target of an Iranian attack.

The warning offended Turkey. Turkey's economy is heavily dependent on tourism. Ankara responded by issuing a statement stating that Turkey is a safe country.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said a joint operation with Turkey succeeded in stopping several attacks and recently arrested several suspicious agents in Turkish soil.

The Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday that Turkish authorities had detained five Iranian citizens on suspicion of being involved in a plan to assassinate Israeli citizens in Istanbul on Wednesday. Police reportedly seized two pistols and two silencers in a search conducted at the house or hotel where the suspect was staying.

In the political turmoil of Israel, there is a visit by Rapid. In Israel, Bennett's vulnerable year-old government decided to dissolve Congress this week, triggering a new election in the fall. Under the agreement to establish Bennett's coalition government, Rapid is expected to become interim prime minister within a few days before a new government is formed after the elections.

Development deepened Israel's political crisis, with four elections since 2019, each referendum on the rule of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu hopes to return to power in the next vote, but polls show that, as in the previous round, it is unlikely to produce a clear winner.

Turkey, suffering from economic problems, is international by normalizing relations with several countries in the Middle East, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. I'm trying to end the isolation.

Turkey and Israel were once close allies, but relations were tense under the Erdogan administration, which criticized Israel's policy towards Palestinians. Israel was angry when Turkey accepted the Islamic extremist group Hamas.

In 2010, countries resigned as ambassadors after Israeli troops attacked a small humanitarian fleet bound for Gaza. Gaza has been under the blockade of Israel and Egypt since Hamas seized power in 2007.

Nine Turkish activists were killed. Israel apologized to Turkey for its death under a US-mediated agreement, but reconciliation efforts were stalled.

Turkey recalled its ambassador in 2018 after the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, urging Israel to respond in kind. Both countries have not reappointed their ambassadors.

The latest reconciliation was led by Isaac Herzog, the predominantly ceremonial president of Israel. Isaac Herzog made several phone calls with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visited Turkey in March to become the leader of Israel for the first time in 14 years. .. Kabsoguru visited Israel last month. This was the first official visit to Israel by Turkish officials in 15 years.

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Tia Goldenberg of Tel Aviv, Israel contributed to this report.