Report: Israel directly warns 100 of its citizens not to leave Turkey due to the Iranian threat

Israeli security officials called and directly warned more than 100 Israeli citizens in Turkey that they were in Iran’s crosshairs, and demanded that they return, a TV report said Monday.

Earlier in the day, Israel’s National Security Council issued a public travel warning for Turkey, saying there is a concrete threat to Israelis from “Iranian terrorist elements” there and in neighboring countries.

According to an unsourced report in Channel 12 News, Iran’s threat to attack Israelis in Turkey is “concrete and immediate…it is clear that there is [an Iranian] Infrastructure I planned to operate now.”

The report said that Mossad thwarted recent Iranian efforts to target prominent Israeli figures and Israeli businessmen around the world, and after these failures, Iran is now expanding its target to include ordinary Israelis in Turkey. A Kan TV report also said that Israel fears that Iran is about to target regular Israeli tourists there.

The alleged Iranian plot is apparently in response to the assassination of a senior officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps last week, which Iran has attributed to Israel.

Several weeks ago, and even more so since Iran Blame it on Israel A statement issued by the National Security Council on Monday said, regarding the killing of an officer in the Revolutionary Guards last week, there was growing concern in the defense establishment about Iranian attempts to harm Israeli targets around the world.

Despite recent highly irregular warnings, the travel advisory for Turkey remained at the same level, three out of four, “moderate threat”, with recommendations to avoid visiting the country for non-essential reasons. At the fourth level, “The Great Threat,” Israelis are explicitly told not to visit the country and to leave if they are already there. Countries with this warning include Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iran.

According to the National Security Council, in recent weeks there have been “a number of attempts” by Iranian agents to attack Israeli businessmen and consular employees, but they have been thwarted.

Since the Iranians were unsuccessful in these efforts, they expanded the target to include ordinary Israelis in Turkey, Channel 12 reported.

Israel’s irregular travel warnings against Turkey appear to have angered Ankara, but Turkish authorities hope that public disclosure of Iran’s intentions along with increased efforts to thwart the attacks will allow the threat to pass more quickly.

Former National Security Adviser Giora Eiland told Channel 12 news earlier in the day that repeated public warnings likely indicated that Israeli security services were aware of a specific Iranian plot, rather than acting on public assessments.

The National Security Council recommended that all Israelis in Turkey avoid contact with strangers; Refrain from giving personal details, in particular about military service; Ensure that they have the phone numbers of Israeli delegates and emergency services; And not to show signs of being Israeli in public.

“Israeli citizens should exercise vigilance and adhere to the necessary precautions when traveling to one of these countries,” the statement said.

Iranian authorities have not yet identified any suspects in the killing of Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, although the incident took place in the heart of one of the safest areas of Tehran – Mohieddin al-Islam Street, home of other senior officials of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. and its Quds Force.

Israel, which has not officially commented on the incident, has reportedly raised the security alert level at its embassies and consulates around the world, fearing a retaliatory Iranian attack.

An unnamed intelligence official Tell The New York Times reported last week that Israel told US officials that it was behind the assassination. Senior Israeli Knesset Member to reject this is.

Khozaei’s assassination was the highest-profile murder inside Iran since the murder of prominent nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in November 2020.

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