Ambassador Arye Mekel

Ambassador Arye Mekel

Ambassador Arye Mekel

Former Israeli ambassador in Greece, deputy ambassador to the UN, diplomatic advisor to Prime Minister Shamir, consul general in New York. Specializes in Israel-U.S. relations, Israel-Greek relations, Israeli foreign policy and public diplomacy.

The New US “Peace Team”: A Test of Will

| August 21, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and US Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell will soon arrive in our region. This “peace team” will meet with leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority to examine ways to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process while also addressing issues of far more importance to Arab leaders, such as Iranian subversion in the region, the situation in Syria, the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Sunni Muslim states, as well as what is commonly referred to as “the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”

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Another Attempt to Solve the Cyprus Problem Ends in Failure

| July 12, 2017

Another round of talks attempting to solve the Cyprus problem has ended in resounding failure. This round was described as an historic opportunity. Its collapse demonstrates the international community’s inability to settle regional disputes.

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Turkey, the Refugee Crisis and Brexit: Concerns and Opportunities for Greece

| August 12, 2016

The unending refugee crisis, the failed Turkish coup and subsequent purge, and Brexit are all causing great apprehension in Athens. But these challenges might present new opportunities. Turkish tensions with the West highlight Greece’s status as the most responsible element in the eastern Mediterranean, which could bolster Greece’s relations with both the EU and the US.

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A New Geopolitical Bloc is Born in the Eastern Mediterranean: Israel, Greece and Cyprus

| February 16, 2016

From an Israeli perspective, the recent strengthening of alliance ties with Greece and Cyprus constitutes a win-win situation. A new geopolitical bloc is emerging that has military and political significance, and stands as a counterweight to Turkish ambitions. Stronger Israeli relations with Greece and Cyprus may also serve to encourage Turkey to show more flexibility in negotiations regarding normalization of ties between Ankara and Jerusalem.

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Israel-Greece Relations

| September 14, 2015

This study focuses on the strengthening of Israeli-Greek relations, especially since 2010. The enhanced ties between the two countries allows for the emergence of a new pro-Western geopolitical bloc in the eastern Mediterranean. (Hebrew)

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The New Greek Government: Israel has Reason for Concern

| January 28, 2015

The main challenge facing the government of Alexis Tsipras is finding an economic compromise with the EU in a manner which will satisfy the Greek public. If Tsipras succeeds, he’ll be free to consider other foreign policy issues. Then, Israel may have room for concern.

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