Natali and Mordi Oknin, detained by Turkish police Nov. 9 for photographing a presidential residence. in Istanbul, arrived back to Israel Nov. 18. But the road to their release and bringing them home was nothing short of a saga.
Senior Israeli Foreign Ministry officials spent several anxious hours on the night of Nov. 17-18. Although relieved that the Israeli couple had been released, they had no idea where the two had been taken. “We tried to get to them as fast as possible, but we failed,” a senior Israeli diplomatic source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “We were told they had been taken to a police station, but Istanbul has dozens of police stations.”