Israel and Turkey have already stopped several attempts by Iran-backed terrorists to attack Israelis, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday.
“The operational efforts with the Turkish security forces have borne fruit,” he said in a press briefing. “In recent days, in a joint Israeli-Turkish effort, we thwarted a number of terrorist attempts, and numerous terrorists were arrested on Turkish ground.”
Bennett said Israel and Turkey were working together very closely to stop Iran’s attempt to harm Israelis and Jews. He thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his efforts.
His remarks came as the National Security Council maintained its highest-level warning against Israelis visiting Turkey, especially Istanbul, in light of attempts by Iran to kill or kidnap Israeli civilians.
“We are continuing to work together with the goal of bringing the situation in Turkey and Israeli tourism back to normal,” Bennett said. “We have to finish the counterterrorism operations.”
Israel will “continue to expose Iran’s true face,” he said, adding that there will be consequences for anyone who tries to hurt Israelis.
“The days in which [Iran] funded terrorism, equips terrorists, trains and sends them and is left unscathed are over,” Bennett said. “Now, the one sending [terrorists] pays. We will go anywhere we need to.”