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July 6, 2015 10:59 pm

Netanyahu Promises to Help Greece as Debt Crisis Worsens

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Jerusalem on Monday. Photo: Israeli Prime Minister's Office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Jerusalem on Monday. Photo: Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in Jerusalem on Monday, promising to help Greece as its debt crisis worsens.

In a referendum on Sunday, a majority of Greek voters rejected the tough economic bailout conditions set by the European Central Bank (ECB)—giving a boost to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in his negotiations with the ECB, but stoking more fears that Greece’s banks could collapse, possibly resulting in a messy exit from the European Union.

Netanyahu commended Kotzias for following through on his visit to Israel despite the deepening crisis back at home.

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“You come here at a critical time for Greece, and I appreciate the fact that you kept this visit despite some rather dramatic events in your country,” said Netanyahu.

While hailing Greece as one of the two foundations of Western democracy, along with Jerusalem, Netanyahu told Kotzias that Israel is “committed to help in any way we can to ensure your success.”

Netanyahu went on to discuss the recent discovery of five tons of bomb-making materials in an apartment in Cyprus, saying that Greece and Israel are allies in fighting Islamic terrorism.

“We need to cooperate to seek stability, security, peace and prosperity. And these are the subjects that I look forward to discussing with you and so many other things,” Netanyahu said.

Greece and Israel have strengthened ties in recent years as both countries seek to counteract Turkey’s rise in the region.

On Wednesday, Kotzias will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

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  • Joe

    Greece found themselves another idiot to give them money.

  • 10

    ENTIRE HISTORY THE ECONOMY IS TAMPERED WITH MANAGED BY WHO YOU PRAY TOO SO HARDSHIP INTO LIVES AND WROTE IN THE NEWS TO GLIDE. WHEN ECONOMY IS GOOD THE NEWS IS TOLD TO WRITE FAILURE SO IT BECOMES IT. SAVED MEANS REVERSING ALL NEGATIVES IN THE WORLD THAT DIMINISHES OUR LIVES.

  • ESLombard

    Through his personal skills, Stanley Fischer was able to guide us through the 2008 bubble. We may be able to provide Greece with comparable guidance. Historically, Jewish experts were called upon by kings to be wise financial advisers.

  • ESLombard

    Why aren’t we helping the Africans who risk their lives and at great personal cost to improve their lives at home? Combined, the personal capital and the lives risked, might be combined to serve their own interests rather than those of their greedy, self serving leadership. We’ve been told that they need roads and clinics. If so, help them to go about doing this on their own.Too often, their leadership pursue ends for their own corrupt purposes. Respecting their own voices is a more humane model than what they’ve endured for centuries. Taking sides or bombing them accomplishes little other than enrich the military and make us the imperialist monsters for generations to come.

  • Pamela Renee Silver

    Bravo! To both of these leaders,respectfully, united against all enemies & any attacks of the evil ones to destroy their perspective Countries Homeland. Prime Minister Bejamin so strong gracious generously extending kindness & hope.

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