Israeli tourists canceling holiday reservations in Turkey after gov’t warning

Israel was once one of Turkey’s most important sources of tourists, with 331,582 Israelis visiting Turkey in 2009

Large numbers of Israeli tourists who had made holiday plans in Turkey for this summer have canceled their reservations, as experts expect a drop to the levels that followed the raid on the Mavi Marmara in 2010.

The cancelations came after a travel warning issued by the Israeli government following Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements regarding the ongoing military operation against Gaza.

A Turkish tourism agency operator said 4,000 cancellations had been made just days after the warning issued by the Israeli government, and suggested that many more would come…

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Very wise decision to cancel.

If you are not convinced, check out this video of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu shouting and yelling like a raving loon. It is not shareable, so you must go to the link, but they have provided English subtitles (it is not very long).