Speaking during a recent interview with the Walla news site, Czech foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, said he loves Israel but detests the new extremist government. He also said that Israel will likely suffer international isolation and be labeled a racist state if it doesn’t change its policies in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Czech-Zionist love affair started even before the creation of the Zionist entity in British occupied Palestine in 1948. These bond were developed after the creation of an independent state of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Its founder and first president Thomas G. Masaryk was a close friend of Louis Marshall, then president of American Jewish Committee. American Justice Louis D. Brandeis (Jew) helped Masaryk draft, on American soil, the historic proclamation of Czechoslovak independence.
Masaryk and his disciples proclaimed accusations against Jews, such as, killing of Jesus and Blood Libel as lies and hate speech. The European Organized Jewry appreciated this “liberal and democratic” Czechoslovakia, which lasted only 20 year, between 1918-1938. Masaryk, a known Zionist, became the first head of a European nation to visit the British occupied Palestine in 1927. He also visited illegal Jewish settlements there.
The Zionist leaders have honored their godfather Masaryk with Masaryk Street, Masaryk Square, Masaryk Forest or even Masaryk Café in Israel. His son Jan Masaryk, who later became minister of foreign affairs, was already openly pro-Zionist politician. He allegedly said that “to create a Jewish state is one of the greatest ideas of our time.”
On March 7, 1950, Jacob Blaustein, president of AJC eulogized Masaryk on his 100th birthday. “The trust and friendship which marked the American Jewish Committee’s earliest relations with Thomas G. Masaryk were continued with Masaryk’s distinguished disciples, President Edouard Benes and the great statesman’s son, Jan Masaryk, both of whom followed their ideals to ultimate martyrdom,” the statement said.
In 1947, Czechoslovakia was one of European nations which were assigned to solve Europe’s centuries-old Jewish Problem. Under the supervision of Jan Masaryk – Prague supported the plan for division of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab country – the later has not materialized to this day. During 1944-1950, Czechoslovakia along with apartheid South Africa and Soviet Russia which smuggled the so-called ‘Holocaust survivors’ to Palestine. Prague also armed and trained the European Jewish terrorist groups.
Czech arms played a crucial role in the survival of the Zionist entity during the early years of its creation by the western powers. The role of ‘Czech gun’ has been almost mythologized in Israel and to some extent in Czech society as well. Czechs – at least some of them – feel some kind of godfatherly emotions towards Israel, a country they helped to bring into existence.
On July 4, 2014, Mel Gibson arrived in the Czech Republic to receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contributions to world cinema at the 49th Karlovy International Film Festival. Czech Jewish Lobby condemned Karlovy for honoring Hollywood’s most antisemite personality.
In April 2015, Milos Zeman became country’s first president to stand up to Jewish political power. He told local news media he has closed the door of the Prague Castle, the residence of country’s president, on the US ambassador Andrew Schapiro (Jewish) for criticizing his planned trip to Moscow.
To find out more on the Czech-Israel eternal love affair, one has to read Jan Fingerland’s article, entitled Sympathy for The Devil: On the sources of the Czech inclination towards Israel, published by Prague-based ASPEN Institute, founded in 1950 by Chicago businessman Walter P. Paepcke (died 1960).