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  7/4/2012, Tammuz 14, 5772

36th Anniversary of Successful Entebbe Hostage Rescue


Wednesday marks the 36th anniversary on the Gregorian calendar of the rescue mission in which Israeli commandos saved hostages in Entebbe, Uganda. On July 4, 1976 the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked a commercial airplane heading to France from Israel. They took the plane to Entebbe Airport in Uganda where they separated all the Jewish and Israeli passengers and threatened to kill them if Israel did not give in to their demands. Israel sent in a secret undercover unit into the airport where they shot up the terrorists and freed the prisoners. The surprise rescue mission was led by Lieutenant Yoni Netanyahu, the only soldier killed during the mission. The success of the mission called Operation Thunderbolt lead to books and movie being made of the rescue and Yoni Netanyahu's being hailed as a hero.