Police said they found 54 bullet casings about 130 feet from the embassy building. The assailants used a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

“Whoever perpetrated this cowardly terror attack should know that it will neither intimidate Israel nor affect the strong Greek-Israeli relationship,” said Abe Foxman, ADL National Director. “Just weeks ago, we visited Athens and heard about the strength of that strategic partnership from both Israeli ambassador Irit Ben-Abba and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos. Having discussed security issues with Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias during the visit, we know that the security forces will address this incident with the utmost seriousness, and have every confidence in their ability to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”

In late November, a delegation of top ADL leaders attended a series of meetings with senior government, religious and community leaders in Athens, and received strong messages about the Greek government’s commitment to combatting racism, extremism and anti-Semitism in its society.

“We also believe the people of Greece will reject this terrorist attack,” Mr. Foxman added. “While there is a common perception that the Greek public is anti-Israel, our polling revealed that 41 percent of respondents have favorable views of Israel, compared to 32 percent with unfavorable views.”