Photo Credit: Hana Levi Julian
Ortakoy / Etz HaChaim Synagogue, Istanbul, 2013.

Israel and Turkey are coordinating efforts to determine which terrorist group was responsible for an attack that left three Israelis and another national dead on Saturday in Istanbul.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told media, “There is information that this was an attack by a member of ISIS. But this is preliminary information. In cases like this, we cooperate with other countries’ intelligence agencies.”

He confirmed in a televised statement that Israeli officials were in touch with their Turkish counterparts to clarify whether the attack had been aimed specifically at Israeli tourists and said communication and intelligence cooperation was being coordinated between the two nations.

Netanyahu has also instructed the Foreign Ministry to issue a warning against travel to Turkey due to the current circumstances.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. It is, of course, good that the US joins in condemning this terror attack in Turkey. ALL TERROR deserves the same, uniform condemnation around the globe, without hesitation.. so much so that it should not require an official statement.

    More often than not, the US and EU governments FAIL TO CONDEMN TERROR ATTACKS, specially if they occur in Israel, or "the terrirtories" in which case an attitude of "moral equiuvalence" is adoped, which basically attracts the following comment, internationally, and via the ultra liberal 'free press' :" Well, if 'settlers' want to live in their 'old homeland' they are free game."

    This attitude applies also the Iran Nuclear Deal, it's outspilling day by day, e.g. the recent nuclear tests. And the U.N., E.U. and Obama would have us believe that Iran only wants nuclear power to generate energy, and for peaceful purposes.
    It would take a zombie to believe that

    The U.S and her press releases do not represent G-d. All murder of innocents is wrong, including also when Hammas uses human shields to maximize civillian casualties, to blame Israel.

    Wake up, zombie world. Do not believe the 'free press.' All intentional murder of innocents is wrong.

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