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Greek move against boats born of Netanyahu campaign for Greek financial rescue
by mondoweiss
Friday Jul 1st, 2011 6:33 PM
Can you think of a more dismal day in recent months? Do you feel powerless? Do you know where the power lies? From Barak Ravid's report, "Netanyahu's big fat Greek wedding," in Haaretz (thanks to Noam Sheizaf at 972):
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Many of Netanyahu and Papandreou’s talks in the past few months have revolved around the severe financial crisis Greece is currently suffering. Netanyahu recently decided to come to the aid of his newfound friend in a meeting of foreign ministers and European leaders, imploring them to provide Greece with financial aid.

“Netanyahu has become Greece’s lobbyist to the European Union,” an Israeli diplomat said.

In recent weeks, as efforts to stop the impending pro-Palestinian flotilla to Gaza came to a head, Netanyahu reaped the benefits of his investment in Israel-Greece ties and his gamble on the European country paid off.

He was able to create a viable alternative to relations with Turkey in several regards, showing Erdogan that Israel will not hesitate to become close to its greatest enemy in the West.

And when the moment of truth came, Greece followed through and ordered all Gaza-bound departures be blocked from leaving its ports.