Φρικτά πράγματα αποκαλύπτονται από τη Wikileaks όσον αφορά τον γνωστό κολοτούμπα!! Σε συνάντηση της Τζαβέλα με αμερικάνο αξιωματούχο στις 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2009 ο Καρατζαφέρης ξεβρακώθηκε κανονικά μπροστά τους: Παρακαλούσε, μέσω της Τζαβέλα, για συνάντηση μαζί τους υποσχόμενος πως μετά τις εκλογές, αφού θα έχει υποκλέψει την ψήφο των ηλιθίων, θα έβγαζε ανακοίνωση υπέρ της αποζημίωσης των εβραίων για το εβραϊκό νεκροταφείο της Θεσσαλονίκης σαν κίνηση καλής θέλησης προς την εβραική κοινότητα… έλεγε στους αμερικάνους ότι έχει δώσει εντολή να πέσουν οι τόνοι από τα στελέχη του… θύμιζε ότι είχε συναντηθεί με λαθρομετανάστες… και τέλος επιζητούσε μια συνάντηση με τον Ερντογάν που όμως θα φαίνονταν «τυχαία» για να μην πονηρευτούν οι ηλίθιοι που τον στηρίζουν…
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SUMMARY: In the aftermath of their unprecedented success in European Parliament elections in June, the leaders of Greece’s surging, far-right Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) expect to win 6 to 7 percent of the vote and up to 20 parliamentary seats in October 4 domestic elections and are preparing to be a «more responsible party» on human rights and foreign affairs issues. Niki Tzavella, LAOS’ senior Member of European Parliament (MEP) and a party strategist, described to Poloff on September 23 how party chief Georgios Karatzaferis understood that LAOS’ rising political fortunes meant that the party had to move away from its previously ultra-nationalistic and anti-Semitic rhetoric. According to Tzavella, Karatzaferis wanted to make positive gestures to Greece’s Jewish community, was seeking increased contact with American officials, had tempered his tough anti-immigration stance by meeting with migrants and committing to anti-racism declarations, and wished to burnish his foreign relations credentials by orchestrating an «accidental» but substantive meeting with Turkish PM Erdogan on the margins of a future EU meeting. Tzavella said that she and Karatzaferis, both ex-New Democracy (ND) parliamentarians, shared the same ultimate goal of joining LAOS and the ND in a broad center-right coalition–and would continue pressuring ND parliamentarians to defect to their party. END SUMMARY.
2. (U) See ref A for a broader overview of October 4 parliamentary elections. —————————————- LAOS Well-Placed for a Strong Electoral Showing —————————————-
3. (C) In June European Parliament elections, LAOS rode a wave of discontent among center-right voters over ND’s handling of the December 2008 riots in Athens, illegal immigration, and the economic crisis to win an unprecedented 7.15 percent of the vote, sending two LAOS MEPs–including Niki Tzavella–to Brussels (see ref D). Since then, Karatzaferis has pursued a two-pronged strategy of poaching disgruntled ND politicians and publicly declaring his desire for a LAOS-ND grand coalition. LAOS scored a political coup on September 9 by convincing the ex-chief of the Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP), Ioannis Korandis, to lead the LAOS state parliamentary slate. Korandis brings experience managing a government agency, a previous stint as Greek ambassador to Turkey, and also a reputation as a law-and-order leader. With Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis cutting longtime party members from his own slates, ND is in disarray and morale has suffered–all good news for Karatzaferis, who has welcomed three defecting MPs to his party list with open arms. Mid-September polls estimate that LAOS will win 6 to 7 percent of the electorate, nearly double its take of 3.8 percent during the last domestic elections in 2007. With LAOS still reaping the benefits of its clear stance against immigration and enjoying a strong nationalist base in northern Greece, Tzavella noted, she and Karatzaferis secretly hoped to win 8 percent of the vote and up to 20 parliamentary seats. —————————————-
Turning a New Leaf on Anti-Semitism, National Issues? —————————————-
4. (C) Tzavela stressed that LAOS leaders recognized that the party’s newfound political strength required it to be «more responsible,» especially given LAOS’ reputation as anti-Semitic and xenophobic. Tzavela took pains to highlight several ongoing and future initiatives to moderate the party’s positions:
1) Immediately after LAOS’ strong Euro-elections showing, Karatzaferis instructed party delegates to «tone down» irresponsible anti-Semitism and racist remarks;
2) Karatzaferis met with illegal migrants in April to highlight that his proposal for strict immigration quotas was not racist;
3) LAOS MEPs had signed a public declaration against racism, discrimination, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia in Brussels;
4) Tzavela had reached out to the leader of the Thessaloniki Jewish community, David Saltiel, to discuss how LAOS can have better relations;
5) Konstantinos Plevris, who had authored the anti-Semitic «The Jews–The Whole Truth» and who had called Jews «subhuman» and «mortal enemies,» had left LAOS; and
6) soon after the October 4 elections, Karatzaferis would publish a signed editorial in a «major newspaper» supporting the resolution of property restitution negotiations over the Thessaloniki Jewish cemetery.
These actions, Tzavela said, demonstrate that LAOS can be a responsible partner in a center-right coalition–and should allay U.S. concerns about LAOS’ anti-Semitism… ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. ….. …..