Greece promises Israel closer ties with EU

ATHENS, Greece — Greece's prime minister on Thursday promised to help Israel forge closer ties with the European Union, as part of a drive to promote investment in the crisis-hit country.
George Papandreou said Athens could help Israel gain access to European markets, in a speech to Jewish American leaders visiting Athens.
"We see the (European) market expanding to the Mediterranean and certainly we would like to integrate Israel into this European market," he said. "I think this is vital for Israel's economy but also for its strategic security.