Jewish American leaders in Greece as relations warm between Greece and Israel (Feb. 10)

A group of American Jewish leaders begun a five-day visit to Greece amid an improvement in once cool relations 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 met Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens on Thursday.

Greek 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.

In recent times, particularly after the election of the PASOK Papandreou government relations between Israel and Greece have warmed significantly.
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The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations visits a different country each year as part of their annual trip to Israel, and this is their first time visiting Greece.

The delegation includes Presidents and Executive Directors of some 50 American organisations that are members of the Conference, as well as heads of European Jewish communities.

Related — on shifting alliances — from Gregory Copley:

Cyprus, meanwhile, is operating in an entirely new world, and yet is still paying homage to a world which no longer has the shape and hierarchy it once had. Cyprus should have moved much of its diplomacy from Washington, DC, to Moscow two years ago, or at least added Moscow as a priority partner, especially given Russia’s Orthodox Christian population. The visit to Cyprus by Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev on October 5-6, 2010, began the process, and highlighted the fact that Russia was the biggest investment partner of Cyprus. As with Turkey, Cyprus acknowledges the facts on the ground.

What becomes evident, then, is that Washington now only preaches; Moscow acts. The conclusions, then, include:

The West is in strategic decline, and is doing little or nothing to reverse this decline. Russia and the PRC dominate the Eurasian energy and market space, and make a Russian-European alliance more important than a Euro-American framework. This is the most profound geo-strategic schism since the late 15th Century, and directly impacts Cyprus.