28 Şubat 2011 Pazartesi

'Bodyguard': Turkish-Israeli Love Story

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 26 February 2011)

For the first time in Israel's history a diplomat has married a local
bodyguard. A female Israili diplomat at the Istanbul Consulate General
named R. worked together with a Turkish Jew named V., who was
a security guard for the Israeli airline El-Al, for the first time at
Atatürk Airport.

In the aftermath of the 'Cast Lead Operation' against Gaza, when
flights to Turkey were suspended, V. becames R.'s personal bodyguard
and a love story reminiscent of the film 'Bodyguard' starring Kevin
Costner and Whitney Houston began. The two lovers kept their
relationship secret at first but when they decided to marry a problem
arose because the Israeli Foreign Ministry does not allow married
couples to work at the same diplomatic post.

R. then asked for special permission to work with V. at the Istanbul
Consulate General. A special Foreign Ministry committee took up
the issue and gave its permission, which was unprecedented. In any
event, the couple was only able to work together for a few months.
They recently made their return to Israel and married in Jerusalem.

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