by Susanne Kemp
It isn’t only the Greek working class that the Alexis Tsipras’ leadership of Syriza has betrayed. One of the distinguishing features of his ‘socialist’ government has been snuggling up to Israel.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has made clear its opposition to the retreat of the Greek government, especially at a time when the Palestinian masses have launched a new intifada and the isolation and boycott of the Zionist regime is growing. At the same time, it welcomed the continuing solidarity with the Palestinian cause by masses of Greek people.
Last July, dumping its pledge to end Greek military co-operation with Israel, the Syriza-led government signed an accord with Israel to maintain military collaboration. This included Greek military forces training in Israel and Israeli helicopter pilots being involved in eleven days of combat training near Mt Olympus the same month.
The new foreign minister in the government, Nikos Kotzias, even declared that Greeks should “learn to love Israel”. Although Kotzias is not a member of Syriza, the accord made it clear that he was articulating a position that Tsipras and his circle support in practice.
Moreover, in November last year, Tsipras visited Israel and spoke about the “natural affinity” of Greeks and Israelis. He even went the extra mile by visiting Jerusalem, part of the illegal occupation of West Bank territories and a place of lot of diplomats stay away from because of this.