[Marxism] Jerusalem silent on report Greece blocked Israeli arms shipments to Iran

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Fri Feb 21 06:28:15 MST 2014

Old love hard to die?
(Israel supported the Islamic republic with arms during its war with 
Saddam Hussein’s Iraq: 

Jerusalem silent on report Greece blocked Israeli arms shipments to Iran

Spare parts for F-4 Phantom jets said despatched by a ghost company near 
Haifa; TV report wonders whether this was some kind of sting operation 
against Iran


By JTA and Times of Israel staff February 17, 2014, 3:11 pm Updated: 
February 17, 2014, 8:36 pm 17

ATHENS — Greek authorities intercepted arms shipments apparently sent by 
one or more Israelis and intended for Iran, in violation of 
international sanctions, a Greek newspaper reported.
Greek officials, working together with the American Homeland Security 
Investigations agency, uncovered two shipments of spare parts for F-4 
Phantom jets in December 2012 and again in April 2013, the Kathimerini 
daily reported over the weekend.
Israeli officials declined Sunday to comment on the report which, if 
true, would represent the shocking effort by Israelis to supply arms to 
the country’s most bitter enemy. Israel’s nightly news broadcasts 
featured the story prominently, but highlighted its sensitivity and 
stressed that they were basing their coverage on “foreign reports” 
rather than original coverage that might have been subjected to military 
The United States was aware of the shipments “in real time,” Israel’s 
Channel 2 news reported, and was thus able to thwart them. The TV report 
added that “it has to be assumed that Israel knew too, and was updated 
by the United States.” Finally, the Channel 2 report suggested that this 
may have been some kind of sting operation against the Iranians, since 
“it could be that whoever did this was not acting against Israel’s 
The rival Channel 10 news, by contrast, noted that “there have been 
cases in the past where the lust for money” overcomes the national 
A Greek court ordered the shipments confiscated and transferred to the 
Americans, according to Kathimerini, which claimed to have a copy of the 
investigation report.
According to the Greek report, the shipment originated in the Israeli 
town of Binyamina-Giv’at Ada and was sent via a Greek company based in 
Investigators from the drugs and weapons unit of Greece’s Financial 
Crimes Squad determined the company was a ghost company, Kathimerini 
The firm was registered by a British national from the northern city of 
Thessaloniki who could not be traced.
The report did not name the Israeli or Israelis thought to be behind the 
smuggling attempt.

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