Christodoulos rapped for hellish Israel quote

A speech by the outspoken head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, during which he used a little-known and old-fashioned phrase that links Israel with hell, drew criticism from the Israeli Embassy yesterday. «We are headed for Israel, or hell, in other words,» said Christodoulos, speaking at the Aghios Spyridon Church in Athens. «We see that the forces of darkness are undermining this country and are trying to remove Christianity from Greece and create a new order in our society so that in a few years nobody remembers God or the Church.» The Israeli Embassy in Athens reacted to the comments by saying that it was «unfortunate» that the archbishop had chosen to use an «antiquated phrase that portrays the state of Israel in a negative light.» «We are convinced the archbishop fully respects the high moral standards which the state of Israel is based on,» the statement added.