"Israelis are very concerned about the rise of Golden Dawn in the Greek political scene," said Angel Horapsiev, an Israeli professor of modern Greek history at the University of Haifa.
The Israeli professor was in our country to participate in a conference in Thessaloniki.
"We are very concerned about the rise of the Golden Dawn in Israel and we hope that it will not be so strong in the future," he said of the Golden Dawn phenomenon.
"I hope the Greeks understand that the rise of the Golden Dawn will not solve the problems, but it can lead to a new dictatorship. Greece has a bitter experience from the dictatorship of the far right and I hope that the forces that resist it will become stronger. "I am sure that the Greeks do not want a new dictatorship."
Referring to the causes of the Golden Dawn phenomenon and especially to illegal immigration, Professor Horachiev emphasizes that there is legal and illegal immigration in Israel as well. "We will not find a solution if we expel all immigrants," he said.
According to AMPE, commenting on the situation in Greece, the professor of the University of Haifa emphasizes that as a historian he expected such a crisis not only in Greece, but also around the world.
"I hope that Greece will overcome the crisis faster and come out stronger… In Israel we also recently faced a great economic crisis and as you know we overcame the great problems. The crisis in Greece has its roots in the mentality of the Greeks, but also in the crisis that exists in the European Union. The EU has grown, new countries have joined the Union and this is causing problems. "But the EU must be for everyone," he said.
Regarding the countries of the European South, Professor Horacev estimates that "the crisis will not end so quickly. The Greeks, the Spaniards, the Portuguese, the Italians must be ready for a few more difficult years.
Regarding unemployment, the professor said that Greece should invest in agriculture. "This is the big problem," he says. "Especially for young people, who should be the strongest lever of growth and today they do not have a job. How can we help with cooperation? We in Israel have a great power in high technology. Greece has agriculture and can become a great power in the agricultural economy. "Israel can help a lot in the technological development of your country's agricultural economy," he said.
Finally, referring to Turkey's role in the region, the Israeli professor stressed that "Israel used to have good relations with Ankara, but now we have a big crisis. Now Israel is looking for new friends and for that there is an additional reason we want good relations with Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and other Balkan countries. Turkey wants to be the strongest power in the Balkans and the Middle East. But most countries in the region do not want that. "Nobody wants to see the re-establishment of a new Ottoman Empire in our region."