Israeli Tourism Minister Urges Israelis to Not Visit Turkey

Chinese tourists walk near the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul on Nov. 17, 2017. More Chinese tourists are expected to visit as China has designated 2018 as 'Turkey tourism year.' (Kyodo) ==Kyodo (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)
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Ynetnews reports: Amid Israel’s severe crisis with Turkey, which resulted in its ambassador Eitan Na’eh being expelled from the country Wednesday, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin called on Israelis not to visit Turkey.

In an Ynet interview Thursday, Lavin said, “I advise not to visit Turkey, and I would have said the same even prior to recent events.”

“As long as Turkey treats us like it did, there is no reason to fly there,” he added. “Israel has no interest in severing trade relations with Turkey. However, visiting it benefits the Turks financially and I don’t think we should insist on flying there,” the tourism minister explained.

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