Israeli Foreign Minister: Erdogan Says He Hates Israel, But His Relatives Benefit from Trade with Jewish State – Al Marsad

The Israeli Foreign Minister in an interview with The Jerusalem Post said the Turkish President Recep Erdogan “may have relatives benefiting financially from trade with the Jewish state.”

[9 August 2019] – Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, in an interview two days ago with the leading Israeli publication The Jerusalem Post, said that although the Turkish President Recep Erdogan said recently that he was against anyone who was on the side of Israel, yet given the robust trade between Turkey and Israel that its very possible that Erdogan “may have relatives benefiting financially from trade with the Jewish state.”

Foreign Minister Israel Katz

Katz mentioned Erdogan’s relatives when talking about greater economic cooperation between Israel and the Gulf, and the “example of Erdogan as a case where it is still possible to do business with someone you disagree with.”

Minister Katz said: “We don’t like him, nor does he like us—and they [in the Gulf] also don’t like him, because the Muslim Brotherhood, in its extreme version in Turkey and Qatar, threatens them no less than Iran.”

Although there is political hostility between Israel and Turkey, Minister Katz pointed out the fact trade between the two nations has continued to prosper and “that Erdogan —perhaps even some of his family—is involved in bringing trucks to the Haifa Port.”

The article mentioned that ferries loaded daily in Turkey with trucks carrying Turkish goods to Haifa and from there to Jordan and to other Gulf countries. According oto the Jerusalem Post, “since the Syrian civil war, this has become a key transport route for Turkish goods going to markets in Arab countries in the Gulf.”

The Israeli Foreign Minister stated: “I said that in this region, there are ‘frenemies,’ and that it is possible to disagree on one thing, but cooperate on another.”

© Al Marsad English. 2019.