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  • 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 ▸

  • Greece Pleased by Israeli Response

    The Greek government expressed appreciation Wednesday for Israel’s “prompt reply” to its protest over the move by Jewish settlers into a building in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, owned by the Greek Orthodox Church. A message from Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens promised that the “State of Israel will continue to respect the… More ▸

  • Israeli Intelligence Tips off Greece to More Suspect Parts Bound for Iraq

    A reported tip from the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, has led the Greek authorities to impound steel forgings alleged to be part of a “super-gun” manufactured in Britain for Iraq. The truck driver who brought them to Greece has been questioned and faces a hearing Saturday. The suspicious cargo was seized April 19 at… More ▸

  • Greece to Upgrade Ties with Israel Despite Strain over Old-city Settlers

    Greece’s new conservative prime minister, Constantine Mitsotakis, seems determined to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, despite severe strains that have developed since 150 Orthodox Jews settled in a building in Jerusalem’s Old City owned by the Greek Orthodox Church. “We have taken the decision for the de jure recognition of Israel,” Mitsotakis told Parliament… More ▸

  • Dispute in Christian Quarter Strains Delicate Israeli Relations with Greece

    Greek-Israeli relations have been strained at an inopportune time by the disputed settlement of 150 Jews in a building owned by the Greek Orthodox Church in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. While government spokesman Vyron Poly-doras insisted the events in Jerusalem will not affect the new conservative regime’s decision to establish full diplomatic… More ▸

  • Palestinian Facing Extradition from Greece Blames U.S. Zionists

    A Palestinian suspect in an American airplane bombing eight years ago has accused the “Zionist lobby” in the United States of forcing the U.S. administration to demand his extradition from Greece. According to Mohammed Rashid, who claims his surname is actually Hamdan, the Zionists want to use him to counteract the bad publicity Israel has… More ▸