THESSALONIKI, Greece — A group of American Jewish
leaders began a five-day visit to Greece Tuesday, amid an improvement in
once cool ties between Greece and Israel.
The delegation from the
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations visited a
Holocaust memorial Tuesday in this northern Greek city. They are due to
meet Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens on Thursday.
and Israeli officials say the two countries are in preliminary talks on
potential energy deals involving Israeli offshore natural gas deposits.
Greece, now battling financial crisis, has traditionally close ties with Arab countries and the Palestinians.