IAF Chief Says ´Nein´ to Volkswagen (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/05/12)
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Recently appointed Israel Air Force Commander Major General Amir
Eshel told the military that he does not want to upgrade his car to a
Volkswagen Passat, although his advance to the rank of major general
entitles him to do so.
The reason for his refusal is the fact that the vehicle is
manufactured in Germany. His refusal was immediate, and he said the
decision came "from the head, but also from the gut."
Eshel´s mother is a Holocaust survivor.
He was the officer who initiated and led the IAF flyover in the skies
above the Auschwitz Birkenau death camp site, in 2003.
The jets took off from the Polish Air Force base at Radom. When they
flew over Auschwitz-Birkenau, Delegation Commander Eshel spoke on the
radio: "We, the Air Force pilots in the skies of the camp of horrors,
rose up from the ashes of the millions of victims. We carry their
silent cry; we salute their bravery and promise to protect the Jewish
nation and its land, Israel."
Many Jews in Israel and outside it refused to buy German made cars in
the decades immediately after the Holocaust, but the unofficial
boycott has weakened over time. Eshel´s principled stand on the
matter and the fact that he sees the Holocaust as relevant to his
life may be of importance regarding the possibility that Israel would
attack Iran´s nuclear program.
Israel believes the program´s goal is a second Holocaust, and Iranian
leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been compared to Adolf Hitler on
numerous occasions. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/05/12)
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