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Mossad chief said to discuss detained Israeli couple with Turkish counterpart

Mossad chief David Barnea at a ceremony marking his taking the helm of the agency, on June 1, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Mossad chief David Barnea at a ceremony marking his taking the helm of the agency, on June 1, 2021. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Mossad chief David Barnea spoke with his Turkish counterpart about an Israeli couple arrested for photographing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s palace in Istanbul, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

According to the report, Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz also spoke with a senior official in Turkey in an effort to clarify the situation.

The broadcaster also says Israeli sources are split on how long it will take to resolve the matter.

Meanwhile, the couple’s Israeli lawyer met today with Natali Oknin, who is being held along with her husband, Mordy.

“I didn’t see an ordinary woman, I saw a lion,” Nir Yaslovitzh is quoted as saying by Channel 12 news.

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