It’s been more than 40 years since the IDF operation to free hostages at the Ugandan Entebbe airport. Now, an Israeli commercial flight has landed for the first time in the two countries’ history.
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 »
Yishai interviews Lt. Col. (ret.) Shai Ish-Shalom, a member of the Israeli commando force that freed Jewish hostages in Entebbe, Uganda. Ish-Shalom talks to Yishai about his growing up in Israel and his experience as a member of Sayeret Matkal, the most prestigious unit in the Israel Defense Forces along with his personal ideology about… Read more »