Most moderate Greeks, and especially the young generation are very satisfied that the current government decisions and are looking forward to forging new cultural ties with the young Israeli generation. This is a result of the sad realisation that the Arab world carries so much bigotry and backwardness -they are no longer close to our hearts, especially after the recent developments in Egypt which once again brought about unnecessary suffering to the Greeks of Alexandria. To portray the current development as a dirty exchange between Israel and Greece is simplistic and misleading. Let us not be in a state of denial. Yes, there are complex economic and social problems in Greece, and yes, there are complex political and social problems in Israel. But we have gone through hardship before, we are resilient, we shall overcome. Most of us are well educated, travelled and have an intimate relationship to our heritage. I can see potential for building bridges between the two societies which extend far beyond strategic allainces and regional interests.
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