Friday, June 16, 2017

Israeli PM Honors Greek Jews Lost in Holocaust; Leads Holocaust Museum Ceremony in Salonika

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday honored the Greek Jewish community lost during the Holocaust at the dedication of a site to build a Holocaust museum in Salonika, Greece's second largest city, the Times of Israel website reports today (June 16, 2017).

Netanyahu, who is in Greece for a tripartite summit with that country and Cyprus, attended the dedication with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, as well as the son and daughter of Moshe Ha-Elion, 93, a Greek Holocaust survivor who this year lit a torch at the national ceremony for Holocaust memorial day.

Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife, Sarah, praised Israeli ties with Greece and Cyprus, calling the three countries "the real democracies in the Mediterranean basin."

The countries signed several joint statements, including dealing with energy and cultural exchanges, during the two days of meetings.

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