A memorial observance was held, Thursday afternoon at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, for Yoni Netanyahu, the brother of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who fell as a reserves lieutenant-colonel in the July 4, 1976 Israeli rescue of passengers from a hijacked Air France flight, who were taken to Entebbe, Uganda. The Gregorian calendar date conforms to the Hebrew date of the 6th of Tammuz, which is a week from Friday.
Joining the prime minister and members of his family were friends and leaders of the security establishment. Ruth Gross said, on behalf of the hostages, "Thirty-seven years have passed since the hijacking to Entebbe, since you Yoni have no longer been with us. You are no longer with us but your legacy and that of your comrades lives on with the next generation. You gave us life and we gave life to children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren."