Cyprus Corrects Its “Wrong Perception of Israel”


Averof NeophytouAverof Neophytou, head of Cyprus’ ruling party, told the Jerusalem Post on Monday that his country now has a “clearer picture” of the Jewish state after having had the “wrong perception of Israel” for years.

“It is a country of eight million fighting a struggle for survival and having to face hundreds of millions of Muslims and Arabs, part of whom don’t even recognize the right of the existence of a Jewish state.”

He said Cypriots now identify with Israel, since Cyprus, too, is a small country of 800,000 people struggling for its survival. Turkey, its massive neighbor to the north, has a population of about 75 million.

“For decades Israel was blamed for creating the instability in the region, but can anyone credibly blame Israel for the instability in Syria, the threat of Islamic State, the Arab Spring that turned into an Arab winter, or the chaos in Libya and Iraq?” he asked.

{Matzav.comĀ Israel News Bureau}