Israel is hedging between Ankara and Athens


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Israel is hedging between Ankara and Athens
BEHIND THE LINES: Hard choices face Israel in accelerated relationships with Turkey and Greece.
Published: JULY 8, 2022

In speeches given at a recent joint forum in Athens, Greek and Cypriot leaders sounded optimistic regarding the depth and the direction of their countries’ relations with Israel. The forum, organized by the B’nai B’rith World Center and the Institute of International Relations, brought together scholars, commentators and current and former senior officials from all three countries.

In his remarks at the conference, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias lauded the “flourishing” trilateral cooperation between Greece, Israel and Cyprus. Notably, Dendias placed progress in this arena alongside other diplomatic advances, referring to “schemes of cooperation with Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Gulf countries, such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, but also with Bahrain and with Kuwait.”

Former Cypriot foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides also spoke in glowing terms of the advances in relations in recent years. Christodoulides, who is set to stand for the presidency of Cyprus in upcoming elections, noted the role of gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean as underpinning the improvement in relations.