Stalin, Arms Sales, and Ben Gurion

A friend writes:  What’s the truth behind the story that Stalin supported Ben Gurion or allowed them to buy weapons?

We reply:  The short answer is no truth at all. The capitalist Czech government had a deal to provide weapons to Zionists. After communists came to power in that country, the new socialist government continued the deal. That’s it. That’s the story. This incident is then twisted around by some to argue that Stalin was a Zionist. The argument assumes that Stalin was an omipotent being who controlled the affairs of foreign governments. The argument also ignores the fact that those Czech officials who condoned the deal were later accused of Zionism and purged.

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