Knesset Hosts Greek President

Dr. Karolos Papoulias and leading Greek ministers visit Israel after Greece helps Jewish state against Flotilla 2.

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Gil Ronen , | updated: 10:48 AM

Greek President Papoulias in Israel
Greek President Papoulias in Israel
Mark Neiman / GPO

The President of Greece, Dr. Karolos Papoulias, is being formally received at the Knesset Monday morning. He is the formal guest of Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, who will meet him in his bureau.

Papoulias is accompanied by Greece’s Foreign Minister, as well as the Greek ministers for Infrastructures, Tourism and Culture.
Ten days ago, Greek authorities stopped the anti-Israel boat “Audacity of Hope” shortly after it left port. Following the incident, the Greek Minister of Citizen Protection released a statement saying his government had decided to prohibit the departure of ships flying either Greek or foreign flags "to the maritime area" of Gaza.
Greece blocked another ship, the Tahrir, from leaving its port  and prevented several other ships from reaching Israel, thus deflating the second “Gaza flotilla”. It also deprived the flotilla of its moral ammunition by expressing its willingness to help send aid to Gaza over land.
Before his appearance at the Knesset, Dr. Papoulias met with President Shimon Peres, who thanked him for Greece's efforts against the Gaza flotillas. He also noted that Greece was the first country to send firefighting aircraft to help Israel fight the Carmel Ridge fire last fall.
Israeli-Greek relations have grown warmer as Israel's ties with Muslim Turkey have frayed.