Mar. 24, 2017
- The Greek-Israeli Strategic Relationship – Alexis Papachelas
The participation of two Syriza party deputies in the 2012 Gaza flotilla seems like a distant memory. Greece and Israel are now conducting joint military drills on a regular basis and they are cooperating closely on the security level. The Jewish lobby in Washington is acting to set up meetings between Greek officials and the Trump administration and is lobbying in favor of Greece. It is all very different compared to the days when Israel and Turkey acted in unison.
The Greek political system has adopted a dogma of close strategic cooperation with Israel and appears to be sticking to it regardless of what government is in power. The strategy has been upheld by three successive administrations, while the current one is taking the whole thing a step forward.
We have a lot to gain from Israel besides security. The two peoples have a lot in common, but we also differ in two key respects: Greeks are not as good at working together as a group; also, we do not have the professionalism and the drive that is inspired in the Israelis by their fight for survival. (Ekathimerini-Greece)