Entebbe

The name Entebbe is one that conjures indelible images for most Israelis. In 1976, an Air France plane with 248 passengers on-board was hijacked on its way from Tel Aviv to Paris. The hijackers eventually flew the plane to Entebbe, Uganda – the place where Israel launched one of the most daring rescue missions in military history.

Operation Tunderbolt took place 42 years ago today. A daring mission to rescue more than 100 Israeli and Jewish hostages who had been taken captive by Palestinian and German airplane hijackers, given a place to land by Uganda’s unpredictable leader, Idi Amin. In Israel, the operation is now known as Mivtza Yonatan  (Operation Jonathan), in memory… Read more »