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Lapid thanks Turkish FM for help thwarting Iranian attacks on Israelis

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center speaks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, May 25, 2022. (Asi Efrati/ GPO)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, center speaks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, May 25, 2022. (Asi Efrati/ GPO)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid speaks with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, by phone to thank him for Ankara’s efforts to protect Israeli tourists from attempts by Iran to harm them.

Lapid and Cavusoglu met in Jerusalem in late May, as the two sides work to gradually improve ties between the erstwhile regional allies.

On Monday, Lapid called on Israelis in Turkey to leave immediately and for citizens to cancel travel plans to the country amid reports that an Iranian plot to assassinate Israelis in Istanbul was foiled at the last moment, and that Turkish authorities had uncovered a network of Iranian agents aiming to target Israelis.

Tensions between Israel and Iran have intensified in recent weeks, after the assassination of an Iranian officer in Tehran last month, airstrikes against Iran-linked targets in Syria, threatening rhetoric from Iranian leaders and Iran’s increasing violations of nuclear agreements.

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