Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to explore the possible purchase of a Greek island where a naval training base could be set up. The island could also serve as a port for Israeli vessels and submarines, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.
Barak’s bureau said in response, “The minister had asked that the matter be reviewed and it was later determined that there was no need for it (the island). The matter is closed.”
Greece is currently experiencing a deep financial crisis. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said last month that his country is considering selling or leasing several uninhabited islands “so long it poses no security threat.”