FM Lapid on Iranian terror attempts against Israelis abroad
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
FM Lapid: I want to thank the Government of Turkey for the effort they're putting into protecting the lives of Israeli citizens. Tourism to Turkey is important to both our countries, but they also understand there are risks that should not be taken.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid:
"Following the events of recent weeks in Turkey and after a series of attempted Iranian terrorist attacks against Israelis on vacation in Istanbul, we call on Israelis not to fly to Istanbul, and unless there is an essential need: do not fly to Turkey at all. If you are already in Istanbul, return to Israel as soon as possible.
"In recent weeks, Israeli security services, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister's Office have put tremendous effort into saving Israeli lives, some of whom have returned to Israel and are walking among us without knowing their lives were saved.
"These terror attacks have targeted Israelis who went on vacation. They have intentionally chosen Israeli citizens in order to kidnap them or kill them. It could happen to anyone. It's a real and immediate danger.
"If you've planned a flight to Istanbul - cancel it. No vacation is worth your lives and the lives of your loved ones. Listen to the directives we are putting out, we are updating them all the time and in accordance with our status assessment.
"I want to thank the Government of Turkey for the effort they're putting into protecting the lives of Israeli citizens. Tourism to Turkey is important to both our countries, but they also understand there are risks that should not be taken.
"I want to send a message to the Iranians as well: whoever harms Israelis will pay. We will find them, no matter where they are.
"We hope and believe that this warning won't be for the long term. It's tourist season, and we will do everything to bring about security calm that will enable Israelis to return to Turkey and enjoy all that it has to offer as soon as possible.
"Until then, this warning still stands and I call on anyone who has planned to fly to Turkey to find a different destination. Thank you."
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