CHP Niğde Deputy Ömer Fethi Gürer asked Minister of Commerce Ömer Bolat about the commercial relationship between Israel and Turkey. Minister Bolat stated that Turkey’s trade volume with Israel is 9.48 billion dollars.
CHPÖmer Fethi Gürer from ‘s asked Trade Minister Ömer Bolat to what extent the relations between Israel and Turkey, which continues their inhumane attacks against Gaza, are in commercial terms.
Gürer asked which products were imported from Israel, which products were exported to this country, and how much our trade volume was. The Ministry responded to these questions in writing.
Minister Ömer Bolat said that exports to Israel will reach 7.3 billion in 2022. dollarIt was announced that imports from this country were 2.45 dollars and the total trade volume was 9.48 billion dollars. Steel bars, vehicles, jewelery items, electrical conductors and plastic kitchenware were stated as the prominent products in exports. It was stated that products such as petroleum oils, iron and steel scraps and aluminum scraps ranked first in imports.
“THEY SAID COMMERCIAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL RELATIONS ARE SEPARATE TOPICS”
Stating that the continuation of the attacks on Gaza has caused a great social reaction in Turkey, Deputy Gürer said, “Our relations with Israel are shown as if they are very bad in every field, but it is revealed from the data in the Ministry’s responses that we have an important relationship with Israel in trade.”
CHP Deputy Ömer Fethi Gürer said, “Although our political relations with this country were problematic from time to time, our relations with Israel were as flexible as possible before the Gaza attacks. During this process, we asked questions to ministers. We asked to what extent our commercial relations with Israel are. “Generally, statements were made that commercial relations and political relations are separate issues,” he said.
“MESSAGE TO THE VOTER BASE”
Gürer also stated that Trade Minister Ömer Bolat announced that after October 7, 2023, when Israel’s attacks on Gaza began, the mutual trade between this country and Turkey decreased by 50 percent compared to the same period last year.
AKP Pointing out that the government has developed commercial relations with different countries with which it pretends to fight politically, Gürer said, “If the mutual benefit provided in commercial relations brings economic benefits, fighting politically only serves as a message to the voter base.”