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Bennett said to ask ministers to keep quiet about Israelis held in Turkey

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on November14, 2021.  (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on November14, 2021. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has asked ministers “to keep a low profile” concerning an Israeli couple being held in Turkey after they took photographs of a presidential palace, according to Hebrew media reports.

Citing unnamed ministers, the Walla news site says Bennett asked them not to address the matter in the media, warning it could harm efforts to free the pair.

The reports come after Bennett himself said in public remarks at the start of the meeting that “we are doing everything we can to resolve the issue.”

Turkish authorities detained Natali and Mordy Oknin, residents of Modiin, on Thursday for photographing President Recep Tayyup Erdogan’s palace in Istanbul. The couple and their family insist they didn’t know it was illegal to do so.

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