Andrew Bostom sent along this intriguing report from the Jerusalem Post:
"Israeli-Greco ties in bloom as Greek FM's arrival nears"
The newly kindled Israeli- Greek romance continues to blossom, as Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas is expected in Jerusalem on Monday, a week after a high level official from the Greek Prime Minister’s Office came to Israel to “map out fields of cooperation” between the two countries.
Droustas will arrive as part of a three-day regional tour that will also take him to the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. A Greek diplomatic official said the visit is further indication of the significant strengthening of ties between the two countries.
His visit will come just four days after Greece and Israel are scheduled to conclude a four-day joint military exercise.
Eight Israeli helicopters are currently taking part in the combat search-and-rescue exercise in the southern part of the country, the AP quoted the Greek air force as saying on Wednesday. Greece is participating with three helicopters and six fighter jets.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to Greece in August, a month after his Greek counterpart George Papandreou came to Israel.
The recent sharp deterioration in ties with Turkey has led to a significant warming of Israel’s ties with other traditional Turkish rivals in the region, such as Cyprus, Bulgaria and – most markedly – Greece, which for many years was viewed in Jerusalem as one of the least friendly countries toward Israel in Europe. ...
Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece are not only "traditional Turkish rivals," they are traditional jihad victims. Such deepening ties could and should develop along the lines of Moorthy Muthuswamy's ideas for anti-jihad alliances.
Alas, Great Britain doesn't look like a good candidate for such an alliance these days. In a disgraceful new low for 21st-century dhimmitude, the London police has excused a Muslim bobby from the duty of guarding the Israeli Embassy in London on "moral grounds" (via Vlad Tepes).
The case seems to be under "urgent inquiry."
From the London Evening Standard report:
Critics accused Met chiefs of bowing to political correctness, saying the decision set a dangerous precedent.
A senior source in the Metropolitan Police Federation said: 'We are expected to serve people without fear or favour. You treat them according to their needs whether you agree with their political or religious views or not.
"Officers should not be allowed to pick and choose where they work in this way."
Richard Barnes, a Tory member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, accused senior officers of lacking tact.
He said: "I think it was crass management in the first place. They should have recognised there could have been a problem and not suggested this officer be posted at this embassy.
"The Met keep banging on about diversity, but this case shows they have learned very little at all."