Greek PM Denounces Neo-Nazi Party

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Israeli leaders are commending the visiting Greek prime minister for his tough stance against neo-Nazis in his country.

Referring to the far-right Golden Dawn party, Antonis Samaras said Tuesday in Yerushalayim he was “not going to allow neo-Nazism in the birthplace of democracy.”

Golden Dawn has seen a surge in public support since financial crisis hit Greece four years ago. Five of its party’s 18 lawmakers were arrested late last month following the stabbing death of a Greek singer and accused of being members of a criminal organization.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said he saluted Samaras for his stance against “violent, crazy organizations.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also praised the “courageous steps.”