Theodoros Pangalos, member Greek Parliament
Theodoros Pangalos, a 70-year-old Member of the Greek Parliament, received three bottles of wine as a holiday gift, with best wishes from Israel’s Ambassador, Ali Giachia. (Wikipedia lists him as Ali Yihiye.)
In a Trojan horse reversal, Pangalos returned this gift and thanked the Ambassador with the following letter:
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
Unhappily, I noticed that the wine you have sent me has been produced in the Golan Heights. I have been taught since I was very young not to steal and not to accept products of theft. So I cannot possibly accept this gift and I must return it back to you.
As you know, your country occupies illegally the Golan Heights which belongs to Syria, according to the International Law and numerous decisions of the International Community.
Actions such as those of these days of the Israel military in Gaza remind the Greek people of holocausts such as in Kalavrita or Doxato or Distomo and certainly in the ghetto of Warsaw.
With these thoughts allow me to express to you my best wishes for you, the Israeli people and all the people of our region of the world.
Theodoros Pangalos, Member of Parliament (Greece)
Wikipedia tells us that the Greek name Θεόδωρος (Theodōros) means "gift of god" (from the Greek words Θεός, (theos) "God" and δώρον (dōron) "gift". Pangalos’ words seem to have a gift of divine diplomacy.
A well-traveled fellow of Middle Eastern descent, who sent this to me, wrote, “what is remarkable, is that he (Israel’s Ambassador) is likely an Arab! One of those few who are integrated into the Israeli State, maybe a Druse. I've never encountered a Jew named Ali.”