I recently got an email from Nikolaos Taneris, press officer for the Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA). It contained the following June article by Savvas Iacovides, which appeared in the Greek-Cypriot daily paper Simerini in Nicosia, Cyprus (translated by Fanoulla Argyrou in London):

We need a Defence Cooperation Agreement with Israel

…The Republic of Cyprus is powerless. It does not have the luxury to choose friends and enemies. The enemies, they impose on you. The friends are chosen, based on mutual interests, how near each one’s objectives are to the other’s, and mutual aims. Let us talk straight and [cynically]: Our enemy’s enemies, those of the Turkish invaders of Cyprus, are or can be our friends and allies.

At this moment in time there is a very serious and deep crisis between the relations of Turkey and Israel. This crisis was fueled methodically by Turkey initially starting some 8 years ago, reaching its climax with the tragic Gaza events and the death of activists. For years, Cyprus retains friendly relations with the Arab world and always supports the Palestinian cause, without getting anything in return. Without damaging these relations, which are not reciprocated from the part of the Arab countries as one would expect in a framework of mutuality, Nicosia must develop and reinforce, in all aspects and without exceptions, its relations with Israel. And let us not have again all those sentimental explosions, which do not serve a bit our state interests. Israel is a great regional power, with strong ties with the United States of America and other powers. The Jewish Lobby is incredibly strong.

In the face of an ocean of Arabs and Muslims, most of whom seek consciously its destruction, Israel regards Greece and Cyprus as its natural and nearest allies. Before the Imia crisis (in 1996), Israel proposed to Greece a Defence Co-operation Agreement, which would have facilitated the Israeli Air Force and widened the cooperation in all aspects of defence and security.

Because of Greece ’s relations with the Arabs, Athens did not respond to Israel’s proposal. And naturally, Israel turned to Turkey. The Imia crisis, the turning of the Aegean into grey zones, the failure to come into an agreement with Israel, the earthquake diplomacy and the since then gradual undermining and neutralising of the Dogma of Mutual Defence between Greece and Cyprus all these together, helped Turkey to kick Greece out of the Eastern Mediterranean, a position Greece held in this area for thousands of years vis-à-vis culture, history and geopolitics.

Turkey, with her methodical activities in the area around the greater Middle East, is aiming at turning the tables over and changing the hold of power. [A] powerful obstacle against this Turkish aim is Israel and of course, the United States of America, Russia and the European powers. The developments that will develop in the area in the future, dictate that from now, not later, Nicosia should ask Israel, as a first step, for a Co-operation Defence Agreement, as Israel since long ago is seeking for a closer cooperation with Cyprus. We believe president Christofias has [a] unique opportunity to strengthen and fortify Cyprus. He must not lose this chance, driven or moved by sentimentalities or ideological dependencies.

The Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) is a grass-roots, not-for-profit movement created to support genuine self-determination and human rights for the people of Cyprus.

So hopefully Israel, Greece and Cyprus are learning a lesson that never should have needed learning, because of its painful obviousness. Now that all three find themselves “betrayed” by the Muslim world, they can try working together rather than against one another while trying to win over the Muslim and Arab world.

I missed this from December:

Greek admiral’s visit signifies deepening military ties with Israel (DEBKAfile Special Report)

25 Dec. The strategic and military ties between Greece and Israel are deepening in reverse proportion to Turkey’s estrangement from Israel and its growing closeness to Iran and Syria. Significantly, when the commander of the Greek Navy, Vice Admiral G. Karamalikis visited Israel earlier this month, he was given a rare red carpet. He was even taken by Israeli Navy chief Vice Adm. Eli Marum on unusual tours of the top-secret INS submarine and the Saar V class corvette.

The Dolphin is ranked as Israel’s premier long-distance deterrent weapon and believed by Western military experts to carry nuclear-capable cruise missiles.

The was part of the Israeli submarine’s escort when it passed through the Suez Canal last June, starting out from the Mediterranean and heading to the Red Sea and back.