Greece

  • Leader of Greek Jewry Dead at 77, Was Survivor of Wartime Occupation

    Joseph Lovinger, president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece for 24 years, died of cancer Tuesday in Athens. He was reportedly 77. Lovinger, who is credited with raising the profile of the organized Jewish community here, was often outspoken on Jewish issues. During a January 1989 visit to World Jewish Congress headquarters… More ▸

  • Greek Court Allows Extradition of Suspect in Achille Lauro Case

    A three-member appeals court here ruled Tuesday that an Arab man suspected of taking part in the October 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship may be extradited to Italy. But the suspect, Abdulrahim Khaled, 56, is appealing the ruling to the Greek Supreme Court. And even if the high court backs extradition, it… More ▸

  • Arab and Greek Arrested by Greece for 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking

    Greek police have arrested an Arab and a Greek who allegedly played major roles in the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro six years ago. The Arab, whose name has been variously reported as Abdulrahim Khaled or Abdul Rahmin Khaled, has been described as a right-hand man to Palestinian terrorist Mohammed (Abul) Abbas,… More ▸

  • Israeli Official Raises Eyebrows After Meeting with Greek Premier

    Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy undoubtedly was anxious to show his gratitude for Greece’s vastly improved relations with Israel when he sought — and got — a meeting with Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis in Paris last week. But some of his remarks, at least as reported by the Greek media, raised eyebrows here. After congratulating… More ▸

  • Israeli Envoy to Greece Presented

    Israel’s new ambassador to Greece, David Sasson, presented his credentials to President Konstantinos Karamanlis last Thursday. The formal ceremony took place at the Presidential Palace, where the Israeli envoy was escorted by a military guard of honor. The protocols were followed by a private 35-minute conversation with the Greek chief of state. Observers said it… More ▸

  • PLO Pledges Help on Greek Hostages As Ex-premier Plans Trip to Baghdad

    The Palestine Liberation Organization has pledged to do anything in its power to help evacuate Greek nationals from Iraq and Kuwait. The offer was conveyed by the PLO diplomatic representative in Athens, Abdallah al-Abdallah, to the secretary of the Communist Party of Greece, Grigoris Farakos, whom he visited Wednesday at his office. The PLO official… More ▸

  • Israel Approves Greek Ambassador

    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… More ▸

  • Greek Premier Sees Israeli Envoy

    Moshe Gilboa, Israel’s first-ever ambassador to Greece, presented his credentials Thursday to Premier Constantine Mitsotakis. The ceremony marked a watershed in relations between the two countries, which were united May 21 by full diplomatic relations for the first time since the birth of Israel in 1948. The ceremony followed the return to Greece of Mitsotakis,… More ▸

  • Greek Leader Holds ‘lovefest’ with American Jewish Groups

    Constantine Mitsotakis, the new prime minister of Greece, and American Jewish leaders pledged their mutual support here Tuesday in a meeting that could accurately be described as a “lovefest.” But “it was a ‘lovefest’ we’ve waited eight years to hold,” exulted Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, who enthusiastically embraced… More ▸

  • Greece Establishes Ties to Israel, First Time Since Israel’s Founding

    Greece, fulfilling a promise by its new prime minister, has established full diplomatic relations with Israel. The announcement was made Monday morning by Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis at a Cabinet meeting, and was formalized later in the day with the signing of a joint statement by Greece and Israel at European Community headquarters in Brussels…. More ▸