Israel, its friends and adversaries

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (left) greet each other during a welcome ceremony before their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on Monday. [Turkish President's Press Office/EPA]

The recent press conference by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara underscored another major difference separating the two countries, and this is their stance towards Israel.

While both are calling for a ceasefire and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Greece is acting like a true friend and strategic partner of Israel, while Turkey is behaving like a country that, if not an outright foe, is evolving into a serious regional adversary of Israel.

A few months ago, Mitsotakis had stated that "friends sometimes need to tell their friends hard truths." Despite the differences between them - which, of course, are not limited to Greece, since every European country and even the United States is critical of the ongoing war in Gaza - ties between Greece and Israel remain strong and the partnership continues...

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