A joint Israeli-Grecian air force exercise was called off this week in response to Israel stopping a flotilla carrying armed goons posing as peace activists.
Week end comment
By Mike Adams
The exercise involving the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and the Greek Air Force was taking place at a Greek air base in Souda Bay, on the island of Crete. It was a continuation for the IAF of numerous joint training exercises with different air forces in Europe and North America, in order to improve the capabilities of its pilots in long-distance bombing missions. This is supplemented with training for aerial battles as well as for how to overcome various air defence systems.
The IDF spokesman’s office confirmed last week the IAF’s participation in the joint exercise with Greece and said that it was planned in advance on this year’s training schedule. Israeli premier Netanyahu’s pep talk with his Greek counterpart, George Papandreou, in February gave an added boost to Israeli-Grecian relations now expressed in practicing for war and facing the threat from Iran.
But at the first sign of Israel exerting her sovereign right of self-defence by keeping her coastal waters from being invaded by violent pro-Hamas activists, Greece backs down. John Milton’s observation “hypocrisy, the only evil that walks” is a perfect way of describing the overt cowardice shown by the Greek authorities in its reaction to Israel’s defensive measures. Ambrose Bierce’s “The Devil’s Dictionary” describes a coward as “one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs”. But the Greeks are not only walking, but are racing in completely the wrong direction.
If the Greeks knew how to really appreciate a true ally they would have not overreacted by suspending a military exercise with Israel and insulting the Jewish state by postponing a visit by Ido Nehoshtan, Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force. The safety of some 30 Greeks on board the thug-infested ship flotilla being jeopardised and the unconfirmed reports of a Greek national being among the injured can in no way justify halting military cooperation. In a word, disproportionate.
The Greek embassy in Tel Aviv contacted the Israeli authorities and requested an official briefing and explanation regarding the operation carried out by the Israeli armed forces. That in itself is understandable, but then you have Greece summoning the Israeli Ambassador Ali Yahya to demand an “immediate” report on the Greek contingent of bogus peace and human rights activists bound for Gaza. Yahya was called in for talks with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas. A top-level tongue-lashing, in other words.
“It is Greece’s long-standing position that any activities undertaken by non-governmental organisations must go unhindered, under the obvious condition that the activities are legal,” said a statement released by the foreign ministry. This means that the Greek government endorses the activities of Turkish IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which besides its legitimate philanthropic activities is also, according to the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, a supporter of radical Islamic networks, including Hamas, and global jihad elements.
Amongst the other organisations that acted as a mainstay for the flotilla was the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The ISM is infamous for placing foreign nationals in danger through encouraging “direct action”. This was, of course, amply demonstrated when naïve westerners were used as living shields on board the Gaza flotilla whilst stirred up by jihadist chants extolling genocide.
In the past ISM’s extreme ideology has shown what is at its core. In 2003 UK terrorists used ISM as a cover to attack the bar Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv, murdering three people. More recently, ISM has been a leading force in the violent protests against the security barrier at Ni’lin, a town 17 kilometres west of Ramallah in Judea and Samaria. An ISM activist has recently been put behind bars in the US, charged with “giving about 20,000 dollars to a group he knew supported Hamas”.
Greek intelligence can’t amount to much when it condones NGOs with a reputation for pro-jihadist activities. And besides, were talking about Turkish-Cypriot operations. But aren’t the Turks a thorn in the side of the Greeks?
Not any longer, it would seem. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s historic two-day visit to Athens with ten ministers and close to 100 businessmen in the middle of May changed the whole framework of bilateral relations between Turkey and Greece from an uneasy rivalry to high-level cooperation. So there you have it. Israel can easily be marginalised when you have Greece with its tail between its legs making friendly gestures to an Islamic bully.
The protest-addicted Greeks made their presence known in the streets. They had a field day. In Athens, some 3,500 protesters comprising Greeks and Arabs rallied outside the Israeli embassy, chanting “Hands off Gaza” and “Free Palestine”. Several hundred street fighters clashed with riot police, throwing chunks of marble, stones and bottles. Police fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse them while detaining five of them. Twenty other Greek cities could report of similar protests.
When all is said and done, any God-fearing person can only brand the Greeks’ behaviour as cowardly and ignobly submissive. It’s just another tragic example of a nation giving into God’s enemy number one, the spirit of unbelief. I’m reminded of the fate of such people who would rather bless Allah including his cohorts and at the same time curse the God of Israel.
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).