Greek Ambassador Spiros Lampridis (second from left) speaks to dinner attendees, before a centerpiece of Greek/Israeli flags.
(photo credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)
On an early May night, against the improbable backdrop of rain, the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel founder and president, the colorful Yitzhak Eldan, moderated an intimate dinner at a very Israeli type of agora: the trendy Kitchen Market restaurant at the Tel Aviv Port. The event, which made Greek Ambassador to Israel Spiros Lampridis accessible to a small group of under 15, mirrored the mission of the Ambassadors’ Club: To bring ambassadors and their governments closer to Israeli society in “less official” capacities that complement the activities of the Foreign Ministry.With time for informal speeches, Q&A and one-on-one networking, the Israeli participants – prominent businessmen and women whose interests include shipping, aviation, Israeli radio stations, a concierge service and real estate, and several of whom serve as honorary consuls of countries such as Latvia, Sierra Leone and El Salvador – learned that Ambassador Lampridis has spent over 30 years in the diplomatic service, much of it in Brussels at the EU and NATO – despite what he says is his disposition against violence. It is the witty diplomat’s second post in Israel, his first being when he served at a young age as the Greek Embassy’s first secretary.