Turkey denies allegations about increased exports to Israel

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The Turkish Ministry of Commerce denied allegations reported by the media regarding an increase in Turkish exports to Israel, stressing that these allegations do not reflect the truth.

A statement issued by the ministry on Thursday said that what some media outlets are promoting about increasing exports to Israel does not reflect the truth.

The statement indicated that trade with Israel is not directed to the Jewish region of the country, explaining that it is also “trade directed to 2.2 million Palestinians who are citizens of Israel, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.”

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The statement pointed out that 8 million Palestinian Arabs live in the Palestinian territories and 7.2 million Jews live in Israel, and explained that all goods destined for the Palestinian region must pass through Israeli customs and ports under the name of Israel.

The statement also stated that between October 7 and December 31, 2022, Turkey’s total trade with Israel amounted to two billion and 320 million dollars.

While the number decreased by 45 percent in the same period in 2023, and recorded one billion and 280 million dollars.3