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Monday, July 11, 2011

Hakarat HaTov

We Jews believe strongly in the concept of Hakarat HaTov, showing gratitude for the good that someone does for you. Today, Israel's President Shimon Peres showed gratitude for Greek President Karlos Papoulias for Greece's role in stopping the flotilla of fools.
The arrival of Greek President Karlos Papoulias in Israel signals not just another state visit, but the beginning of a new chapter in relations between the two countries whose history has in one way or another been intertwined for centuries, President Shimon Peres said on Monday morning in his greeting to the seventh president of the Third Hellenic Republic and his entourage.

Peres thanked Papoulias for the significant role played by Greece in blocking the Gaza-bound flotilla. Noting that many of the people who had tried to by-pass the Israeli blockade to Gaza had carried banners with the imprint 'Free Gaza', Peres declared that Gaza does not want peace, and that if Gaza would be free of terror, Gaza would be free.

Israel left Gaza voluntarily, he said, and in return has been fired upon from Gaza ever since at the instigation of Iran. Gaza, which is reputedly in dire economic straits, he said, spends an incredible amount of money on weapons to fire at Israel.

Peres praised Greece for helping to calm the atmosphere in the region, and noted the Greek President's personal involvement in this endeavor.
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