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Turkey Still Trading with Israel Despite Supposed Ban on Israel for Brutal War in Gaza

Turkey is still reportedly trading with the Israeli regime, despite its official declaration of halting all trade with the Zionist entity, with Greece aiding as an intermediary, according to an examination of import and export data from the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) and Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) for May 2024.

Over the last few years, Turkey’s relation with the Israeli regime has evidently strengthened.

The trade relationship between Turkey and the Zionist entity, dealt with a wide range of goods, with exports valued at approximately $1.2 billion annually. 

Vehicle exports reached nearly $563 million. Plastic and electronic equipment exports were valued at around $516 million and $385 million, respectively.

The economic ties between Ankara and Tel-Aviv have been strained since Oct. 7, 2023, the day that marked the Israeli regime’s ongoing onslaught in Gaza. 

Months later, and after much pressure from its populace, Turkey imposed export restrictions on 54 categories of goods to the Israeli regime, a move which was seen to protect Erdogan’s political career. 

European channels are seemingly the most viable alternative for maintaining Turkish–Israeli trade flows, indirectly. Data published by TIM and CBS for May reveals that trade between Turkey and Israel continues via Greece, verified by the statistics revealed in the report. 

“CBS figures reveal that in May, Israel imported goods worth $116.8 million from Turkiye, while TIM’s May 2024 data values Turkey’s exports to Israel at $4.4 million,” the report stated.

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