How are Bosnia's Serbs getting Israeli arms?
Source: The Jerusalem Report, January 1995
By Tom Sawicki
Israeli officials don't deny foreign press reports that Bosnian Serbs
have regularly fired Israeli-made shells at Sarajevo and use Israeli
light weapons. The only dispute is over how the weaponry gets there:
Pro-Bosnian activists here charge government support of Serbia: officials
blame third parties.
"The Serbs have large quantities of Israeli arms, and they couldn't
have gotten there without the Israeli authorities being aware," charges
Daniel Kofman, a Hebrew University lecturer who heads the Israel Public
Committee for Bosnia.
Responds a spokesman for overseeing Israeli arms sales abroad: "We
strictly observe the U.N. embargo and have not sold any weapons there"
since the U.N. announced the ban on sales to the combatants in April
A foreign Ministry spokesman adds: "We're not responsible for how
arms move around once they leave Israel". And Ori Orr, chairman of
the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, concurs: "It could
only happen through some private channels, once the arms have left
"We don't take sides in the conflict", insists the Foreign Ministry
spokesman, adding: "Because of anti-Semitic sentiments in (Croat
president) Franjo Tudjmans's book and the Hizballah-Iran help to the
Muslims, you may draw the conclusion where our sympathies lie".
Kofman responds that "Israel generally does keep track of what happens
to its arms. So how can they say they don't know what happens to them
once they reach the international market?"
Hebrew University professor Igor Primorac, who taught philosophy
in Belgrade before coming here a decade ago, agrees with Kofman.
"Belgrade papers regularly report on Isreli arms shipments", he
says, "and it's not far from Serbia to Bosnia. Maybe it's not
official, but the pro-Serbian slant of the Israeli political leadership
is clear: The government has never condemned the killing of Muslims
Igor Primoratz : Israel and the War in the Balkans:
2. THE HOLOCAUST VIOLENCE
by Harun Yahya
Appendix Two: Israeli-Serbian Relations
The collaboration of Israel's inner establishment and radical Zionism—its secret ideology, with fascist powers around the globe that arose in the 20th century is beginning to become widely known. All the more reason to give close study to a leading exponent of today's fascism— Serbia.
To realize the goal of "Great Serbia," Serbia has carried out a terrible "ethnic cleansing" particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina. After the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1991, the Serbs invaded first Croatia and next, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Serbian aggression, which resulted in the massacre of over 200,000 Bosnian Muslims, possessed all the basic features of fascism: racism, aggression, worship of violence and bloodshed. Bearing this in mind, we may inquire if any connection with some radicals in the Israeli administration—almost a standard component of fascism—can be found in the Serbia as well.
The Jerusalem Report (January 1995) provides an answer in a widely-noted article by Professor Igor Primoratz of the Hebrew University. The article was reprinted in the Jewish Ledger (New York) on February 9, 1995. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (April/May 1995) also reported on the professor's article under the headline "Hebrew University Professor Deplores Israeli Support for Serbs." As that title suggests, the article dealt with covert arms dealings between the Israeli inner establishment and Serbia committing mass murder against Muslims in Bosnia.
Born in Yugoslavia, Igor Primoratz taught at Belgrade University until the early 1980s, when he emigrated to Israel. There he continued his academic career at the Hebrew University, where he became a professor of philosophy. In his article in Jerusalem Report, Primoratz disclosed certain covert connections between his former country, Yugoslavia, and Israel. According to him, the Mossad guided Israeli arms dealers to circumvent the international embargo on arms and ammunition to Serbia. He recounts an incident that reveals the Israel-Serbia connection: Joel Weinberg, an Israeli member of an inter-faith humanitarian organization in Sarajevo, told Israeli television's Channel Two that a UN officer in Sarajevo had been unable to identify the origin of fragments from a mortar shell that exploded at the Sarajevo Airport. When he asked Weinberg to look at it, Weinberg immediately recognized the lettering on the fragments as Hebrew, from an IDF (Israel Defense Forces)-ordnance mortar shell. Those 120mm shells had long been used in the bombings on Sarajevo and caused the United Nations to suspend aid flights to the city. Weinberg also stated that he had often seen the Serbian "Chetniks" using Israeli-made Uzi automatic rifles.
In his article, Professor Primoratz stated that there were many witnesses to Serbs' use of arms produced by Israel, but that more than once, Israeli authorities have officially denied that they are supplying the Serbs with arms. Herewith, a passage from Professor Primoratz's article:
The worst suspicions of Israelis who object to their government's pro-Serbian tilt have recently received additional support: in their war of conquest, genocide and "ethnic cleansing," the Serbs have been using arms made in Israel.
The Israeli government has been at odds with most of the rest of the world since Yugoslavia began disintegrating. In the late summer and early fall of 1991, when Serbia's onslaught on Croatia was in full swing and Serbian atrocities were receiving worldwide coverage, Israel accepted Belgrade's offer to set up diplomatic relations. Only UN sanctions against Serbia prevented the Serbian ambassador-designate from submitting his credentials in Jerusalem and an Israeli embassy from opening in Belgrade. But the Serbian ("Yugoslav") embassy in Tel-Aviv opened before the sanctions, and continues to operate under a chargé d'affaires.169
After drawing attention to the pro-Serbian stand that both the Likud and the Labor Party governments have taken, Primoratz provided some insight into the historical background of the Serbian-Israeli affinity:
Politicians have sometimes referred to World War II: in that war, they say, the Serbs fought the Nazis and helped the Jews, while the Croats and the Muslims collaborated with the Nazis and helped exterminate Jews. This is an obvious distortion of Yugoslav history, in which there were collaborators and partisans from every ethnic group. It also presumes a type of biological virtue: because of what the parents and grandparents of Serbs, Croats, and Muslims did half a century ago, we should supposedly side with the Serbs as they perpetrate genocide and "ethnic cleansing" of Croats and Muslims today.
Primoratz offered other details on the relations between the Serbs and certain groups of power and influence in Israel, who have supplied arms not only to Serbia, but also to the Bosnian Serbs, who did the actual killing:
The Serbs have never bothered to conceal their Israeli connection. A 1992 book by Dobrila Gajic-Glisic, a former staff employee in the war minister's office in Belgrade, described a major arms deal with Israel in October 1991—about a month after the Security Council imposed its arms embargo on all parts of Yugoslavia … At the time the Serbs were razing Vukovar and beginning to shell Dubrovnik. The press in various parts of former Yugoslavia has repeatedly reported Israeli arms supplies to the Serbs. On June 3, 1993, The European carried a report, citing Western intelligence sources, about an arms deal the Mossad had made with the Bosnian Serbs.
Primoratz draws a comparison between the Serbs and the Nazis, adding that "the first genocide in Europe since the Holocaust was carried out, in part, with arms made in Israel."
Our book The Secret Hand in Bosnia: The Untold Story of the Anti-Islamic International Behind the Serbs, analyzes in further detail the covert relations between Serbian truculence and radical Zionism, Israel's inner establishment and Freemasonry.