Greece

  • Israel, Greece Pen Security Pact

    Israel and Greece have signed a security agreement to combat international terrorism, drug trafficking and other serious crimes. Israeli Police Minister Moshe Shahal and Greek Public Order Minister Sifis Valyrakis signed the accord Wednesday. According to the pact, the two countries also will share the knowledge of police experts. More ▸

  • Trial for Murder of Greek Jew Unfolds Like John Le Carre Novel

    A trial here involving the murder of a Greek Jew is unfolding like a John Le Carre spy novel. A Greek arms dealer arrested earlier this month in connection with terrorist activity said in an official statement that the 1992 murder of Elias Cohen, a Greek Jewish psychiatrist, was part of an attempt by Arabs… More ▸

  • Greek Official Visits Syria in Bid to Advance Peace Talks

    Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou flew to Damascus last week for talks with Syrian President Hafez Assad in a bid to advance stalled Syrian-Israeli peace negotiations, government sources here said. “The purpose of the visit is to promote the Middle East peace process and bilateral relations,” government spokesman Evangelos Venizelos said. On a recent trip to… More ▸

  • Greece Agrees to Military Cooperation

    Greek Defense Minister Gerasimos Arsenis wrapped up a three-day visit to Israel this week by signing a military cooperation agreement that reflected an atmosphere of improved relations between the two countries. The agreement is “an important landmark in relations governing our defense structures,” Prime Minister Yithak Rabin said Sunday. The agreement, signed by Rabin and… More ▸

  • Greek Prime Minister Papandreou Meets with American Jewish Leaders

    Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou impressed Jewish organizational leaders here recently with warm words about his country’s ties with Israel and world Jewry. But he appears to have disappointed them on an issue that has long concerned the Greek Jewish community and Jewish groups here: the requirement that Greek citizens must state their religion on… More ▸

  • Greece to Lightly Arm and Clothe Fledgling Palestinian Police Force

    Following through on a request from Yasser Arafat, the Greek government has agreed to supply light arms and uniforms to the newly created Palestinian police force for the Gaza Strip and West Bank town of Jericho. But the government did not include heavy military equipment in its aid package. Greece will give the Palestine Liberation… More ▸

  • As Greece Prepares to Head E.c., Athens Vows Support for Peace

    Greece will throw its full support behind the Middle East peace process when it assumes the presidency of the European Community next month, Deputy Foreign Minister George Papandreou said at a meeting here this week with the American Jewish Committee. Papandreou told a small gathering of AJCommittee leaders that the peace process will be high… More ▸

  • Peres is in Greece on First Trip by an Israeli Foreign Minister

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres arrived here Tuesday on the first leg of a visit to several European capitals this week. Peres’ visit here, which was planned to last a little more than a day, is the first ever to be made by an Israeli foreign minister. During his stay, Peres met with Greek Prime… More ▸

  • Vandals Take over Greek Protest Against Alleged Neo-nazi Attack

    A high-school students’ demonstration here last week to protest an alleged neo-Nazi attack on a teen-age girl erupted into a rampage by youths who had no connection with the protest. The marauding youths threw firebombs, smashed bank and shop windows and damaged cars in the center of the Greek capital. After the vandals set a… More ▸

  • Greek Jews Hope Papandreou is Better Second Time Around

    Andreas Papandreou’s surprise return to power as prime minister of Greece has brought back memories within the country’s small Jewish population of anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian sentiments that permeated the Socialist leader’s earlier regime. Jews and Israelis are hoping that this time around the Papandreou administration will be more favorable toward Israel and Jews, building on the… More ▸