In Israel, Tsipras Gets Tight With Netanyahu, Checks Cyber Security

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, right, meet during the 5th trilateral summit with Israel, Greece and Cyprus in Beersheba, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Turning from being pro-Palestinian, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Dec. 20 met in the Israeli city of Beer Sheva as as part of the fifth Cyprus-Greece-Israel trilateral summit and then toured the country’s Internet security center, during which he described cyber attacks as a “threat of increasing importance” in the modern world.

Tsipras, also embracing the United States and looking at an expanded US military presence in Greece after saying he would end it, has moved away from promises to back the Palestinians in favor of allying himself with Israel.

Before winning election in January, 2015, once of his campaign promises was the “abolition of military cooperation with Israel,” but earlier this year Greece said it would buy $44 million of Israeli military hardware.

In July, 2014, six months before winning election, Tsipras went to Athens’ main center of Syntagma Square wearing a keffiyeh Palestinian scarf where he denounced Israel for killing Palestinians he said then he sided with before they said he betrayed them too.

Tsipras’ visit came a few days after Facebook blocked Netanyahu's son Yair for 24 hours after he wrote a post criticizing the social media platform as "thought police" and sharing previously banned content after removing an earlier post in which he called for "avenging the deaths" of two Israeli soldiers killed by Palestinian gunmen and calling for the expulsion of Palestinians.