CZECH REPUBLIC - United Defense Program with Israel

Arno Froese

The Czech Republic is planning to send a defense industries attaché to Tel Aviv who will be in charge of research, development and defense purchases, the country’s deputy defense minister, Tomás Kuchta, told The Jerusalem Post.

The posting is part of a pilot project that will begin in August, Kuchta said at a three-day annual Israel Defense Exhibition, or ISDEF. The eighth annual show attracts officials and delegates from dozens of countries and this year will feature more than 250 exhibits.

Kuchta said that Prague “decided on Israel because, in the defense sector as well as the defense industry, it’s the best country to partner and cooperate with.”

In January, Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky said that Prague would spend some $7.1 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the country’s armed forces. According to Kuchta, the new position will help Czech defense companies know their Israeli counterparts better and vice versa.

In late May, the Czech parliament approved a resolution recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It also condemned UNESCO following its recent anti-Israel resolutions and called for the nation’s government to stop paying membership fees to the UN agency until the organization stops its anti-Israel bias.

-www.jpost.com, 6 June 2017

Arno's commentary

The Czech Republic was once part of Czechoslovakia, but underwent a non-violent divorce or “Velvet Revolution” on 1 January 1993.

Here we remember that Czechoslovakia was the only country supplying military equipment to Israel. Virtually the entire Israeli air force’s fleet of aircraft consisted of smuggled Czech planes to pre-state Israel. Here is an abbreviated report from www.worldandi.com:

Soviet aid to Israel was spectacularly demonstrated by arms deliveries by Czechoslovakia to Tel Aviv, unconditional diplomatic support (the Soviet Union was the first power to recognize Israel), and the dispatch of military experts to aid the Israelis. Much of Israel’s heavy artillery and almost its entire air force consisted of fighter planes smuggled from Czechoslovakia.

It was Czech-equipped Zionist forces that defeated the British-trained and equipped Egyptian, Iraqi, and Jordanian armies at Israel’s founding. Dramatic confirmation of this occurred on January 7, 1949, when Israeli aircraft shot down five British-piloted Spitfires on patrol over the Sinai Desert. The Israeli aircraft were former German Luftwaffe fighter planes provided by Czechoslovakia.

Having read and heard many presentations by prophecy scholars, I have yet to find one that acknowledges the decisive aid by the USSR in the establishment of the State of Israel. One wonders, why? Again, faith is stronger than facts.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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