Skip to comments.About 40 Israeli volunteers fight on the side of Serbs
Posted on 02/09/2007 12:43:23 PM PST by kronos77
from Christopher Walker, Jerusalem
About 40 Israeli volunteers have been fighting alongside the Serbs as a gesture of gratitude for Serb support for Yugoslav Jews against the Nazis in the Second World War.
The existence of the Israeli fighters - they do not like the term mercenaries - was revealed by Ron Ben Yishai, an Israeli war correspondent who was injured by Kosovo Liberation Army sniper fire this week while reporting from the province for the Tel Aviv daily Yediot Aharonot.
The paper said that all the Israeli fighters had emigrated to the Jewish state from the former Soviet Union and were part of a volunteer unit, the majority of whose members were Russians.
Mr Ben Yishai quoted one of the Israeli volunteers, named only as Valery, who recently returned home after fighting in Kosovo for a month, as saying: "We decided to fight alongside the Serbs as a token of our gratitude for the assistance the Serbs extended to the Jews of Yugoslavia who were persecuted by the Nazis in World War Two."
The Israeli fighter said that another reason that he had joined up was "identification with the Christian Slavs' fight against the Muslims trying to take over Europe".
Diplomatic observers noted that, at an earlier stage of the Yugoslav crisis, many Islamic volunteers - including former members of the Afghan Mujahidin rebels who had fought against the Soviet forces - fought alongside the Bosnian Muslims.
The Serbs were our allies in WWII. Clinton treated them like garbage. Glad to hear this.
Bully for them!!
I was part of Clinton's grand Albanian adventure and, at the time, I didn't care, I followed orders. I would have happily killed Serbs. In fact, I am fairly certain I did so, although it is hard to know sometimes.
That said, it was badly run from the top, and so we were largely ineffective.
And I am rather happy about that now.
And rather angry at Clinton.
"The Serbs were our allies in WWII."
So were Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
One wonders if there were any Israelis alongside Mladic's boys when they put an end to that "Never again" thing the Europeans had going since the end of World War II.
Good. The more the better.
I'd heard of Greeks and Russians, but not Israelis - do you have a source for that?
Machalniks in reverse!
About 40 Israelis fight alongside Serbs in Kosova (AFP)
JERUSALEM, June 10 (AFP) - About 40 Israeli men have been fighting alongside Serb forces against ethnic Albanians in Kosova, the Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported on Thursday. The Israeli volunteers, all recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union and ex-soldiers in the Red Army, fought primarily in mixed Russian-Serb units of the Yugoslav security forces, it said.
The newspaper's military correspondant, Ron Ben Yishai, said he encountered some of the Israeli volunteers during a trip this week to Kosova. He said the Israelis, some Jews but also non-Jews who married Jewish women and obtained Israeli citizenship, included veterans of fighting in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
The article and you posted and recent link refer to Israelis fighting alongside the Serbs in Kosovo - I was asking about Israelis fighting alongside the Serbs at Srebrenica.
Meanwhile, the secret services of Ukraine, Greece and Israel were busy arming the Bosnian Serbs. Bob's Note: Thank God the Russian Ukranians, Greeks, and the Israelis still remember that their friends are Christians and their enemies are Moslems. Mossad was especially active and concluded a deal with the Bosnian Serbs at Pale involving a substantial supply of artillery shells and mortar bombs. In return they secured safe passage for the Jewish population out of the besieged town of Sarajevo. Subsequently, the remaining population was perplexed to find that unexploded mortar bombs landing in Sarajevo sometimes had Hebrew markings.
US used Islamists to arm Bosnians
He also reveals that the secret services of Ukraine, Greece and Israel were busy arming the Bosnian Serbs. Mossad, Israel's secret service, was particularly active, concluding a substantial arms deal with the Bosnian Serbs at Pale in return for the safe passage of the Jewish population of Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital, Prof Aldrich says.
"Subsequently, the remaining population who could not escape was perplexed to find that unexploded mortar bombs landing in Sarajevo sometimes had markings in Hebrew," he writes.
You are the only one loony enough to support Jihad, Muslim irredentism and a greater Dar al islam
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