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In shameful betrayal of leftist values, Syriza signs military agreement with Israel, ignoring its massacres of Gazans

Inexcusable capitulation towards Israel, reneges on anti-militarist foreign policy

No 1409 Posted by fw, July 29, 2015

“In a joint press conference in Jerusalem with the Israeli prime minister, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias seemed determined to continue the path of the former conservative government, which from 2010 started the country on a new path towards joint military cooperation and training exercises with Israel, despite its regular massacres of the civilian population of Gaza. The party’s 2012 “40-point programme” called for the “abolition of military cooperation with Israel” as part of a wider anti-militarist stance. But what a U-turn now.”Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor

Investigative journalist Asa Winstanley writes: “It is a disgrace that a supposedly “radical” left wing government, which was elected to power on a huge wave of optimistic popular mobilization, should betray its electorate to such a huge extent.” Syriza has betrayed more than just the Greek electorate. The party has betrayed countless supporters worldwide, including this blogger, who were pulling for them to stand up to the Troika tyrants, not necessarily expecting them to emerge victorious, you understand, but, at the very least, to fight the good fight to the bitter end. What a U-turn indeed!

Below is an abridged version of the Middle East Monitor article, which can be read in full by clicking on the following linked title.

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Syriza-led government learns to “love Israel” by Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor, July 14, 2015

With the left-wing alliance seemingly unable to deliver on its central promise to roll back austerity, perhaps it should be no surprise to learn that it is also reneging on its anti-militarist foreign policy manifesto promises: the foreign minister visited Israel last week, making warm promises of friendship.

The party’s 2012 “40-point programme” called for the “abolition of military cooperation with Israel” as part of a wider anti-militarist stance. But what a U-turn now.

In a joint press conference in Jerusalem with the Israeli prime minister, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias seemed determined to continue the path of the former conservative government, which from 2010 started the country on a new path towards joint military cooperation and training exercises with Israel, despite its regular massacres of the civilian population of Gaza.

“We have to learn to love Israel,” gushed Kotzias, in a short statement last week, which seemed deliberately truncated in order to allow Netanyahu to dominate the press conference with his usual propaganda themes (mostly agitating against the deal to ease sanctions against Iran).

Kotzias made clear (my emphasis): “In recent years, we have developed bilateral relations, lately in all sectors: security, energy, tourism, economy. I was just discussing, yesterday, with your close adviser about economy. We talked today with your Minister for Energy. And I think that we have very good projects to do together, not only for our generation, but for the next generations, too.”

Disgustingly, Kotzias even claimed that Israel is part of a “line of stability in this area. We have a common interest in stability and security.” Tell that to the people of Gaza, who exactly one year ago were enduring the latest systematic Israeli flattening of the coastal strip, which would result in the deaths of more than 2,200 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, including 551 children. Some “stability.”

While Kotzias (a former Communist Party member) is an independent and not actually in Syriza, it is a disgrace that a supposedly “radical” left wing government, which was elected to power on a huge wave of optimistic popular mobilization, should betray its electorate to such a huge extent.

At least with the austerity measures, one could argue that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is between a rock and hard place, the Eurozone bullies having even essentially shut down Greece’s banks as a punishment for daring to try and renegotiate the debt terms. This capitulation towards Israel has no such excuse.

Empty words in Ramallah about “the just demand of the Palestinian people” and the pretence that Israel’s puppet Palestinian Authority non-state in the West Bank Bantustan is “Palestine” cannot disguise that.

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