The State of Israel is accustomed to tensions with Turkey during escalations with Hamas, but the “Iron Swords” war has taken relations to new heights with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A recent incident reported by Globes revealed that a large flag factory in Istanbul refused to print cone flags of Israel and the IDF even after a businessman placed an order for nearly 900 dollars. The employee from the factory clearly indicated that the decision was not his own.
This refusal occurred about three weeks after the Turkish government removed Israel from the list of export destination countries, effectively cutting off support for businesses that operate with Israel. The Turkish Ministry of Commerce also published a false anti-Semitic announcement and stated that trade with Israel was not with the Jewish region of Israel.
In a separate incident, an armed man took over the P&G (Procter & Gamble) factory in Istanbul, claiming it was an Israeli factory. These events, along with the false anti-Semitic announcement, demonstrate how political tensions between Turkey and Israel are affecting economic ties between the two countries. These events, though separate, show the effect of political tensions between Israel and Turkey on their economic ties.
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