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Israel unruffled by reports of alleged spy ring in Turkey

Israeli sources say that Jerusalem bears no connection to the alleged spy network Turkey said it had exposed last week.
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These are not easy times for Israel. It has been dealt a bad hand of cards on Iran, facing an endless standoff with Hamas in Gaza and continued Hezbollah and Iranian entrenchment on the Syrian Golan. Against the backdrop of the Oct. 22 summit between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Israel is facing a new development: Reports from Turkey say authorities there cracked a Mossad spy network and arrested 15 of its members.

No one in Israel seems overly bothered by the news, which many sources consider a domestic Palestinian affair. Official Israel is ignoring the reports, according to which the Turkish intelligence service tracked the Mossad ring, consisting of five three-member cells, for a year. On Oct. 7, security agents raided the homes of the 15 alleged agents and arrested them.

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