An Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth has reported ship owned by Turkish prime minister’s son has been trading with Israeli ports.
Turkish opposition members have embarrassed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by revealing that in the past three years, while the relations between Ankara and Jerusalem were at an all-time low; his son continued doing business with Israel.
The son, Ahmet Burak Erdogan, is the owner of the MB Shipping Company, which holds two cargo vessels. One of them, Safran-1, has sailed between Turkish and Israeli ports several times, transferring goods back and forth.
In 2009, Erdogan did announce that he was suspending economic ties with Israel, but later clarified that he had only referred to defense-related trade. During the crisis between Israel and Turkey, trade ties between the two countries thrived, reaching an all-time high of US $4 billion – a 30% increase.