Israel lives in a tough neighborhood. As the only Jewish state and the only democracy in Middle East, friendly faces around the block can be hard to come by. As a staunch supporter and advocate for Israel, B'nai B'rith International recently played a prominent role in promoting ties between the State of Israel, Greece and Cyprus.
In January, B'nai B'rith and Conference of Presidents leaders, together with leaders of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and American Hellenic Institute (AHI), went on an important visit to Israel, Greece and Cyprus. The purpose of the trip was to evaluate the critical and developing relationship between these three countries on security, energy, economics and political areas.
Shortly after the delegation departed, top officials of all three states met in Cyprus to discuss many of the same topics brought to their attention earlier by B'nai B'rith International leaders.
Scroll down to immerse yourself in this important new relationship through expert analysis from our World Center – Jerusalem Director Alan Schneider, official recaps, news coverage, information on the ensuing summit, photos and more.
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Expert Analysis on the Tri-State Visit
After The Visit, The Countries' Leaders Meet In A Historic Trilateral Summit
Continuing the Discussion
In February, B'nai B'rith International and the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies furthered the conversation on the Israel-Greece-Cyprus relationship at a jointly convened, major international conference focusing on “Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean” at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
Among the key participants was the Greek minister of defense, former Greek minister of internal security, former Italian foreign minister, EU and NATO representatives and top officials and experts from France, England, Turkey and the United States. Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israel Ministry of Defense, will address the conference closing. Click here to view the full list of speakers.
B'nai B'rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin both chaired sessions and were able to share their insights on the region after visiting three Eastern Mediterranean countries.