ATHENS (Jul. 10)
The Israel government has formally approved Greece’s choice of its first ambassador to the Jewish state.
He is Konstantine Tsokos, an experienced diplomat whose most recent assignment was in Kuwait, an Arab League member state which is technically at war with Israel.
That association stirred some protests here, especially among members of the Greek-Israel Friendship League.
Tsokos was hand-picked for the Israel post by Prime Minister Kostas Mitsotakis, who established full diplomatic relations with Israel on May 21, less than two months after his conservative New Democracy Party took office.
Israel had less cordial ties with the former regime of Socialist Andreas Papandreou, when its diplomatic representation here was limited to the consular level.