Turkey rescinds relaxations on trade with Israel

Published date10 May 2024
AuthorDean Shmuel Elmas
Publication titleGlobes (Rishon LeZion, Israel)
Referring to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Katz said, "Erdogan backed down and cancelled many of the restrictions on trade, and the lesson is clear: there must be no surrender to the threats of a dictator, and we must create alternatives and not be dependent on someone from the Muslim Brotherhood who can stop everything at any moment."

Such an official statement forced the Turks to respond. "The statements of the Israeli foreign minister are absolutely fictional and have nothing to do with reality. We stand behind the decision we have taken as a government regarding trade with Israel. This decision remains valid," Turkish Minister of Trade Omer Bolat said on social media platform X.

Bolat said that the decision would remain in force until "conditions are met to stop Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, to achieve a permanent ceasefire and to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid."

It's important to realize that the decision to halt trade between Turkey and Israel stems from purely political considerations, and the alarm in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK) following its poor showing in recent local elections. Both the main opposition parties, the left-wing Republican People's Party and the Islamist New Welfare Party, called for a ban on trade with Israel long ago. Under the Turkish constitution, Erdogan is in his last term as president, but...

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