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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Binyamin Netanyahu will become the first Israeli prime minister to visit Greece
when he heads to Athens on Monday for a 36-hour trip, along with his senior
Netanyahu will meet with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou,
senior Greek officials and members of the Jewish community.
leaders met last month in Jerusalem, when Papandreou became the first Greek
premier to visit Israel in 18 years.
As part of Israel’s shifting ties in
the greater Mediterranean region, its links with Greece has recently grown
stronger, just as its relationship with Greece’s adversary Turkey has
Monday’s visit is the latest sign of the new closeness
between the two countries.
An Israeli official said that “the
relationship has warmed in the last [few] months” and that Netanyahu was looking
forward to expanding the bilateral relations with Greece in a series of areas:
defense, diplomacy, economic trade and the environment.
interested in Israeli technology, particularly as it relates to
issues such as water shortages and solar energy.
Papandreou has chartered
a much more moderate policy toward Israel than his predecessors since
office in October.
In the past, Greece has been considered one of
Israel’s harshest critics.