'UN Probing Whether Turkey Violated Iran Sanctions by Selling Israeli Electronic Equipment to Tehran'

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference after their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 4, 2017.Credit: Kayhan Ozer/Presidency Press Service/ Pool Photo via AP

The United Nations is investigating whether Turkey shipped Israeli-made electronic equipment to Iran in violation of UN Security Council sanctions on Tehran, the Yedioth Aharonoth daily reported on Thursday, adding that the UN has asked Israel for more information on the matter.

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In July 2017, according to the report, a shipment of electronic capacitors produced by Celem Power Capacitors of Jerusalem was seized in the United Arab Emirates. Sources at the company said the equipment was sold to a Turkish company. "We don’t sell to enemy countries. If the shipment did in fact reach Iran, the Turkish purchaser defrauded us," the Israeli company said.

The news comes in the midst of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel over the killing by Israeli troops of Palestinians after they massed by the tens of thousands on the Gaza border with Israel to protest the dedication of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Naeh, whom Turkey was expelling over the Gaza killings, was filmed being required to undergo a thorough security screening at Istanbul International Airport.

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The security check featured in the Turkish media. A number of veteran diplomats told Haaretz that it is not unusual for diplomats to undergo security checks despite their immunity, but inviting the media to cover it was a deliberate humiliation.

In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the only remaining Turkish diplomat in Israel, Umut Deniz, to protest what it called Turkey's deliberate humiliation of the Israeli ambassador and invited the Israeli media to film Deniz's arrival.

In response to the killing of 58 Palestinians in Gaza on Monday, the day on which the new American embassy was dedicated in Jerusalem, Turkey recalled its ambassadors in Israel and the United States and then expelled Israeli Ambassador Naeh and the Israeli consul in Istanbul. In response, Israel expelled the Turkish consul in Jerusalem, who is responsible for his country's ties with the Palestinians.

In addition, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged a series of bitter public comments.

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