Monday, September 23, 2013

Birth of the Israeli Air Force



My sister sent me this link to a video about the American pilots who helped the Israelis during their war for their independence. I am amazed when I hear that there are people in the world today who are trying to spread the idea that the Holocaust never happened. All of those lives, those lights of humanity, that were destroyed because of one man's crazed thirst for power and domination or others.  This story will stir your heart. Click the link. 

I understand that the situation in Israel and Palestine today is very complicated and rife with injustice. I do not know the answer for how to fix that. 
This video is not about today. This was 1948 and these Jewish people were declaring that they deserved a homeland where they would be safe, finally, after so many years of genocide in Europe and beyond. 


The only four  airplanes Israel had when the war of independence began were smuggled from the Czech Republic. They were German "Messerschmidt 109" and scrapped together from parts the German air force had left behind in WWII. They were assembled overnight in Tel Aviv and were never flight tested. This is a short video about their pilots.
 
Watch it. You will not be disappointed.
 http://vimeo.com/54400569

P.S. Contrary to popular perception, the United States assistance to Israel during the war of independence was quite different.
 
Americans were not allowed to join the fight and an arms embargo had been imposed and enforced by the FBI.
 
At the same time Arab armies were very well supplied by the same countries who maintained arms embargo against Israel and of course had a great advantage in manpower.

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