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Israel still on alert over Iranian threats to tourists in Turkey

Israel and Turkey deepen securty cooperation as Israel calls out IRGC security head as part of psychological warfare campaign.
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Israel’s security agencies cannot remember when they last faced such an imminent and unusual threat of terrorist attacks against Israelis abroad. Unusually, detailed intelligence information about several Iranian-sponsored terrorist cells roaming Istanbul in search of Israeli citizens prompted the National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau to issue repeated warnings in recent days to Israelis in Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, to get out of the country immediately.

Israel has not made public all the intelligence it has received, but its public warnings refer to several Iranian-sponsored terror cells cooperating with Turkish citizens and mercenaries. Israeli officials note that while Iran is clearly sponsoring these cells, its members are apparently not Iranian citizens, allowing it a measure of deniability.

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