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Beware of the evolving alliance between Israel and Greece
President in crisis Karolos Papoulias' promotion of trade and cultural exchange with Israel ignores the Palestinian struggle as the Free Gaza flotilla remains docked in Greece
Khalid Amayreh , Sunday 17 Jul 2011
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On the eve of his visit to Israel, Greek President Karolos Papoulias spoke of a "strong relationship in all aspects" between his country and Israel.

The fact that Israel continues to occupy Palestine, expand Jewish-only colonies on occupied territory and persecute millions of Palestinians, including many Greek Orthodox Christians in the West Bank, seems to have little or no bearing on the evolving relations between Greek and the Jewish state.

"We are now involved in an intensive process of cooperation. Our ministers and officials systematically consult and work together on all levels and in key areas, including energy, defence and security, as well as agriculture and tourism," the Greek president was quoted as saying.

He added that "we are also working together on international issues and matters of regional concern to both countries. We are pursuing a strong relationship on trade, investment, political and security cooperation."

Greece is a sovereign state and should be free to pursue its various interests as its sees fit. However, Greece must also be aware of the immense negative ramifications that come with having close relations with an essentially criminal state whose entire modus operandi is based on ethnic cleansing, land theft and organised terror against the native Palestinian people.

In recent months and weeks, the Greek air force held a joint drill with the Israeli air force in the eastern Mediterranean. Moreover, the Greek authorities connived with the Israeli intelligence to thwart a planned flotilla en route to the Gaza Strip to deliver badly-needed humanitarian materials to besieged Gazans. The Free Gaza flotilla was intended to highlight the illegitimacy, illegality and utter criminality of the five-year blockade on the coastal enclave.

The latest measure by the Greek authorities is inexplicable, and the Greek government stands accused of acquiescing to Israel's Nazi-like persecution and repression of the Palestinian people.

Papoulias spoke of a "common culture" between Israel and Greece, ignoring the all-too-obvious fact that racism, often in its ugliest forms, represents the heart and soul of Israeli culture these days.

Papoulias was due to arrive in Israel Sunday, 10 July, where he is expected to receive praise from Israeli leaders for collaborating with Israel by barring the Free Gaza flotilla from sailing to the besieged coastal enclave.

Perhaps the Greek president should ask his Zionist hosts why is it that Greece doesn't ask its Jewish citizens to pledge loyalty to the Hellenic republic as an Orthodox Christian state, although 97 per cent of the country's population follow the Greek Orthodox Church, while Israel is demanding that all non-Jewish citizens pledge loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state.

The esteemed Greek president is also advised to ask his Israeli interlocutors why it is that the Israeli government tolerates, encourages and bankrolls Yeshiva students and rabbis who habitually insult Christian monks in the streets of Jerusalem and who issue religious edicts permitting genocide against non-Jews on the ground that these people are not authentic human beings and that their lives have no sanctity, especially in comparison to Jews, the master race.

I doubt whether Papoulias will have the rectitude, let alone the moral courage, to confront the Israeli leaders on these basic issues. Otherwise, what "common culture" between Greece and apartheid Israel that is he talking about?

There are a lot of signs that Greece, which is facing an overwhelming financial crisis these days, is looking for an alliance with Zionism which Greek officials believe rightly controls the American domestic political scene to a large extent.

Hence, Greece, which has a fairly strong lobby in Washington, is looking for ways and means of cooperation and coordination with AIPAC, the powerful American Jewish lobby, in order to promote common Israeli-Greek interests.

Earlier this year, Greece hosted the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, comprising some of the most fanatical supporters of Jewish fascism in Palestine.

Unfortunately, the brashly racist tone of many of the participants raised no eyebrows among Greek leaders and officials, which suggests that the freedom of the Palestinian people from the shackles of Israeli fascism and repression is the last thing that comes to the Greek government's mind when pursuing relations with Israel.

Still, it remains to be seen if Greece has completely departed from its erstwhile moderate stance vis-à-vis Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice. An important sign to that effect will be how Greece will vote in September at the UN when the Palestinian Authority will seek international recognition for a putative Palestinian state.

If Greece opts to vote against the Palestinian request, it will herald a new era of Greek-Zionist alliance against the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.

Greece and other countries must understand that a flimsy stance on the Palestinian plight won't be acceptable since it is a sign of hypocrisy and dishonesty to forge an active alliance with a manifestly criminal state while issuing rhetorical statements supporting the Palestinian cause.

Finally, it is abundantly clear that the evolving alliance between Israel and Greece is directed first and foremost against Turkey, especially following the marked deterioration of relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv.

Israel, employing a characteristically arrogant approach toward Turkey, has been trying to woo Ankara back to Zionism's lap. However, the latest efforts to that effect seem to have utterly failed as was construed from the bluntly anti-Turkish statements uttered recently by Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman.

In any case, Turkey, as well as Arab and Muslim states in the region, including Egypt and Iran, will have to watch the Israeli-Greek axis very carefully.

 





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Elanii
09-05-2013 08:50pm
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The Truth
Palestine run by the Muslims are waging war on anyone who is not in the Brotherhood. This violence is not only plaguing Israel, but the whole Western Hemisphere. That's the truth. Viva Cristo Rey!
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aristocles
24-09-2011 04:54pm
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immaturity
Socrates once said KNOW THY SELF after so many a century passed and we are still so imature in our views... we are all ancient nations in the region and i appreciate that we Greeks need to develop a sincere friendship with Israel the same we keep for progressive Arabs and Turks
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Paul Isaac Hagouel Ph.D.
30-07-2011 08:16am
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Greece and Israel
Please note that Israel was created by the UN 1947 partition plan of Palestine as a Jewish State. Greece was not created as a "Christian State", albeit of the overwhelming majority of ethnic Hellenes being Orthodox Christians, hence the Prevailing Religion clause for the the Greek Christian Orthodox Church in the Greek Constitution. And yes, be birth Greeks of Jewish origin are de facto and de jure bona fide Greeks.
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Jonathan
30-07-2011 12:53am
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Israel
Just another article spreading lies about Israel, and now that greece is being very friendly towards Israel, what will they say about it?
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Umish Katani
27-07-2011 02:35pm
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Greece and israel
I don't see any alliance nor do i see any clandestine relationship between Israel and Greece regarding the fate of the Palestinians. What i do hear is the forever yelling and breastbeating of Palestinaian supporters crying nobody likes us. If the palestinians would stop feeling sorry for themselves and emulate the Israeli social justice and industrial model available to their Israeli citizens, maybe, just maybe, the palestinians could dig themselves out of the mud hole they are mired in. Palestinian responsiblitiy to their countrymen is second to the fact they only want to destroy Israel. This will never happen so instead of wasting time, money youth and talent on an fruitless effort, talk to Isreal, make peace and let the area bloom. But alas the breast beaters, complainers, and the naysayers will rule the day becase they have accesss to the press. The squeekiest wheel gets the most oil.. Oh well....
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Giannis
21-07-2011 12:02pm
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This article lacks substance
Greece has been one of the Palestinians' strongest supporters for decades despite many slaps in the face from Arabs. Egypt under Nassar deported tens of thousands of Greeks from Alexandria simply because they were too prosperous. Arab terrorists have carried out attacks on Greek and Cypriot territory (albeit not against Greek targets). The Egyptians once tried to (unsuccessfully) carry out an Israeli style raid on Nicosia Airport, in violation of Cypriot sovereignty. You can barely call this an alliance. The Greek public is still strongly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and the Greek state is within its rights to pursue the sort of cooperation with Israel this article describes. It is hardly an alliance, it is merely engaging on a normal level with another state in the region. Greek Orthodox Christians have been persecuted in the Arab world, as they have been to some extent by the Israelis. Do not try and run that line.
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Aziz
18-07-2011 11:27pm
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A TWO WAY STREET
EGYPT TOO HAVE TO LOOK AFTER ITS INTERESTS AND ACKNOWLEDGE CYPRIOT TURKS AS PART OF TURKEY AND SRTRENGTHEN ITS RELATION WITH TURKEY.
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man
18-07-2011 11:31am
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they flock together, like you flock together for your religion
while he calls for all world to admonish greece for helping Isreal, his true mentality comes thru in the last paragraph. arab and muslim states have to watch out, he says. why should they watch out...because they are the guardians of their religion? in which case, expect all others from other religions also to band together, in opposition. you band together for your religion, expect others to do so too. dont use arguments only for your convenience.
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Medhat Omran
18-07-2011 09:14am
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Wonderful!!!
I am surprised to read the contents of this article.Indeed Israel has to find more friends having fallen out with Turkey.Greece needs to shift that balance away from Turkey as both have acrimonious relationship. Indeed the arabs world will not be pleased with the newly found alliance but then again they are complacent and nothing will happen to spoil it as the arabs are not as good as the Israelis when it comes to sabotage.The article was strong indeed and very anti ,I am not sure if the writer is a journalist or a mere commentator like us. Israel deserves a big rebuke and there is nothing wrong with them forging alliance with Greece as long as the Greek understand how to strike a balance in their newly found relationship with the Israel.I decline to comment on the previous comments above as they are as biased as the article. "British Mandate" is that a divine right? it is illegitimate and the British had no right to promise other peoples land to any other race or group of dispersed r
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George Rabani
18-07-2011 06:48am
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evolving alliance between Israel and Greece
I fail to perceive an alliance. However I do see a working relationship not unlike the one that many other nations including Muslim ones have in the area. When the Palestinian people had chosen representatives who spoke a democratic language many nations including Greece felt a deep sympathy, like the one felt today towards the democratic movements in Tunisia etc. Unfortunately a large segment of the Palestinian people have chosen to support the evil of Islamic fundamentalism. In regards to the Greek Orthodox community in Palestine and the middle east in general they pay with their loss of dignity, property and blood, everyday, whether in Egypt, Palestine or Iraq for the crime of being Arab and Christian; but not in the hands of the Zionist State as you like to call it, but in the hands of their so called freedom loving brothers. In regards to the crisis in Greece, you would have thought that after all these years of support that our brothers in the Arab world would have chosen to
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