Israeli tourists head to Bulgaria following Ankara-Jerusalem rupture

Israeli tourists head to Bulgaria following Ankara-Jerusalem rupture

Israel is reportedly ready to "redirect" 400 000 of its tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria in the wake of deteriorating relations between Jerusalem and Ankara following the attack on the humanitarian convoy for the Gaza Strip."About 400 000 Israelis, who visit Turkey each year, will be redirected to Bulgaria as an alternative tourist destination," said Isaac Herzog, the Israeli welfare and social services minister, who was also a former minister for tourism.Herzog had talks with Bulgarian Labour and Social Policy Minister Totyu Mladenov earlier in June and agreed that the two countries should increase co-operation, particularly in the sphere of tourism and welfare.Turkey has traditionally been a favourite destination for Israeli holidaymakers but recent reports of insecurity and fear within Turkey's Jewish population has led the Israeli government to reassess its travel guidance advice.Relations between Turkey and Israel, which had maintained close military ties in the past, became acrimonious after Israeli commandos stormed a ship with 700 people on board who were accompanying eight other vessels carrying 10 000 tonnes of medical supplies, housing material and other aid to Gaza.

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