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The Cuban Connection & Israel


During the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Cuban planes and pilots brought nearly 150,000 Jews to Israel from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and India. “Unreported for nearly 60 years, the airlift was one of the largest in history”, states Juventude Rebelde, an official Cuban newspaper.

In the years after Israel declared independence, Jews in Arab countries began immigrating to Israel as their lives became more difficult. However, due to lack of cooperation by the Arab governments, traveling by land was very difficult.

The Cuban connection arose from Cuban businessman Narciso Otero-Rosello, a licensed pilot. The businessman became president of a new air company, Aerea de Cuba, which took ownership of the aircraft to be used in the years-long airlift and established offices in Cuba and Cyprus.

The Cuban pilots who flew the planes on the historic mission recalled several close calls with death. They told of dust storms suffocating their engines in Iraq, making stops on desolate airstrips in Oman, emergency landings, and crashes while transporting Jews to Israel. The Cuban airlift missions were completed in early 1953 and the pilots returned to Cuba.

As a former Cuban immigrant, and now an American citizen, I still feel a sense of pride for my former country in learning their help of  the Jewish people.  This is a newly discovered chapter in Jewish and Israeli history and perhaps shows why Cuban immigrants have been so prosperous and blessed in the United States. “For I will bless them that bless thee…” – Genesis 12:3

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

SOURCE: The Jerusalem Post, 10/19/2010


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Author: Luis Josephus

Luis Josephus is founder and director of 4JESUS OUTREACH, a non-sectarian (i.e. non-denominational) outreach dedicated to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. He is also an ordained Christian minister, pastor, and author of several books. For more inspirational messages and biblical resources, visit our website at: www.4JesusOutreach.com

2 thoughts on “The Cuban Connection & Israel

  1. Pingback: Was Christopher Columbus Jewish? | Real Jesus Ministries

  2. As a Cuban-American of Jewish ancestry I am glad to see this article about the involvement of Cuban pilots airlifting Jews to the Eretz from surrounding hostile countries.

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