The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation announced that the Turkish security service arrested agents of the Iranian IRGC who were planning to kidnap Israeli citizens last month. This was reported by Al-Jazeera on June 14.
The operation to kidnap Israelis was being prepared against the backdrop of a new round of escalating tensions between Tel Aviv and Tehran, as well as mutual threats. Israel has threatened Iran with drastic measures if it targets Israelis abroad, while urging its citizens to leave Istanbul in light of incoming reports that they could be “targeted by the Iranian side.” On Monday, the Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid stated: “Our message to Iran is that Israel will prevail over those who harm our citizens, no matter where they are.”
The minister also asked Israelis to postpone travel to Istanbul in particular and to Turkey in general, unless there is a real need for it, Lapid pointed to the real danger of attacks on Israeli tourists in Turkey by killing or kidnapping them.