Remembering Entebbe

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It took Israeli commandos minutes to conduct one of the greatest and most daring rescue missions in modern history, in Entebbe, Uganda, on July 4, 1976.

During those brief fateful moments, good triumphed over evil; the innocent were saved and the terrorists who threatened them were routed.

It was 11:30 pm Saturday night, June 27, 1976. The seventh night that over 100 Israelis, non-Israeli Jews, and the twelve-member Air France crew were held in the Entebbe airport since PFLP (Popular Front Liberation Palestine) terrorists and two West German supporters, hijacked the jet, Air France flight 139, while on the ground during a stopover in Athens as it was bound from Tel Aviv to Paris. The Ugandan regime under Idi Amin Dada supported the terrorists and gave them cover.

The flight was diverted to Benghazi airport in Libya for refueling and then headed for Entebbe.

The final deadline to meet the hijackers’ demands to release forty terrorists held in Israel and thirteen in West Germany, Switzerland, France and Kenya, was steadily approaching. Negotiations managed to postpone the approaching July 1 deadline for three days. On July 1, the non-Jewish passengers were released by the terrorists. The Air France crew chose to stay with the remaining hostages. On July 3, French diplomats involved in the negotiations had stated that there was no hope for an agreement.

Releasing the terrorists would embolden them and their sponsors to continue such operations. Not meeting the terrorists’ demands could result in a massacre.

As international attention was focused upon the events, the Israeli Cabinet covertly decided to give the green light to ‘Operation Thunderbolt’ to rescue the hostages. Four Israeli Hercules transport planes filled with Israel’s elite Sayeret Matkal commandos, along with medical teams, made their way to Uganda flying under radar over the Red Sea, in order to avoid detection by Egyptians and Saudis. By 11:30 PM, the planes had just landed at the surprisingly well-lit Entebbe airport without suspicion.

The weary hostages were sound asleep except for five who were playing bridge. The hijackers, eight in total, were also within the complex. There were also about eighty Ugandan troops around the airport.

The commandos drove toward the terminal in a Black Mercedes with Land Rover escorts, deceiving Ugandan guards to believe that Idi Amin was visiting. Two guards soon approached the vehicles and were shot, the ruse was now over. Time was of the essence. A few seconds delay could foil the entire operation. Taking a chance that the airport complex was not booby trapped, they headed toward the hostage compound. The commandos were just a few hundred yards away, then they burst in alerting the stunned hostages that they were Israelis and to stay down.

In the ensuing moments, there were bursts of gunfire within the terminal, and then it ended.

Nearby, eleven parked Soviet-made MIGS were destroyed, preventing pursuit of the Israeli aircraft.

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  • Schlomotion

    We should remember that originally in 1903, the Jews were going to colonize Uganda, but decided that it would be harder to claim Uganda than Ottoman Palestine because the Jews have no connection to Uganda. Also, the Maasai were not interested in giving away their land to the Jews, this was just going to be a dirty deal between England and the Zionist Congress. The final rejection of Uganda by the Zionist Congress caused the secession of Israel Zangwill from the Jewish Colonial movement. Jacob Schiff also tried to colonize Galveston, Texas as the new Israel.

    Most of this crap where Frontpage supports IRD in attacking Kony's Guerilla Army is part of the lingering hatred that Israel has for Ugandans after failing to swipe their country, and after Benjamin Netanyahu's brother was killed there while fighting the Palestinians. By random fate, it is now the Palestinians and not the Maasai who are being genocided by the Jews.

    • ziontruth

      "We should remember that originally in 1903, the Jews were going to colonize Uganda, but decided that it would be harder to claim Uganda than Ottoman Palestine because the Jews have no connection to Uganda."

      Amazing! Looks like a demonstration of the adage that even a blind squirrel finds its way to the nut from time to time. Absolutely right: If the Jews were to return to statehood, the state should be situated on a piece of land the Jews actually have a connection to.

      "…part of the lingering hatred that Israel has for Ugandans after failing to swipe their country,…"

      Yeah. The turncoating of Idi Amin had nothing to do with it. /sarc

      "…while fighting the Palestinians. By random fate, it is now the Palestinians and not the Maasai who are being genocided by the Jews."

      The Jews are the only true Palestinians. The Arab settler-colonist land-grabbing invaders are the ones who want to genocide the only true Palestinians, the Jews. The true Palestinians, meaning the Jews, do not wish to genocide the Arab colonists, although we have every right to expel them all from our one and only piece of land in the world in order to maintain a peaceful and secure national existence on our land.

      No matter what you think about it. If you don't like it, you have the option of being true to your Paleocon isolationist claim and shutting your pie-hole about the whole business, which is really no more your concern than the conflict in Sri Lanka.

      • Schlomotion

        I'll be more than happy to, the day Zionists retreat from American life.

        • Silver Scumbag

          I agree with you. I want Israel to seek closer contacts with the BRIC nations. USA is a dying hulk of fraud, no gold, no silver, limited resources, millions on food stamps or calming drugs.

          I want ISRAEL to be free of US influence.

          American ancestors raped, pillaged, killed native indigenous peoples. Your ancestors Schlomo!!

          • Schlomotion

            You are grasping at straws. Here is a straw:

            Yes. One of my ancestors did kill native indigenous peoples. In 1697, one of my maternal relatives killed an Abenaki man, two women and six children with a tomahawk, took their scalps and sold them in my home town for 25 pounds. The victims were part of a group who attacked the town, killed 27 colonists, and abducted the woman and smashed her baby's head against a rock. She killed her captors and several children in their sleep. The Abenaki still don't like the story. Some of my other ancestors were Penacook Indians.

            Cotton Mather detailed the story in "Magnalia Christi Americana." He was also involved with other of my ancestors as documented by Charles Upham in 1869:

            Your attempt to use white guilt doesn't work, as "my ancestors" are both European and native American and many of them on both sides were here before America was founded. Do you have both Jewish and Palestinian ancestors?

          • reader

            Pure schizophrenia. The irony here is that the troll is convinced that he's made a great argument.

    • Atikva

      The crap is yours.

    • jacob

      With all due respect, alllow me advice you to check frequently when the color of yoour eyes whites
      turn BROWN, since you are so full of you-know-what that kit wonttake long for it to happen…
      So Jews hate Ugandans because they couldn't take over their country ??
      RIGHT ????
      But if you bother to read history, you will find out that Israel invested heavily in helping UGANDA in
      very respect and even trained IDI AMIN DADA as parachutist.
      That IDI AMIN feigned to be Col. BAR LEV of the Israeli army DEAR FRIEND….

      And finally, that the ENTEBBE airport was built for free as agift to the Ugandan people by an Israeli
      building concern.
      Now take your biased comment on the issues and shove it where the sun doesn't shine and, if
      unable to, call me .

      • Schlomotion

        There was an Israeli building concern in 1928? Did they plant the grass on the runway?

    • UCSPanther

      I guess you like that psycho Idi Amin for the simple fact that he hated Jews. You aren't alone. Some neo-nazi scum think that psychotic baboon was the "Guardian of Africa", never mind that he turned Uganda into a ruin overnight.


    Give Schlocky a break, His relatives died during WW2 in concentration camps.

    They fell out of the guard tower.

  • jacob

    But what burns me up, is that the spirit that made possible the ENTEBBE rescue is totally gone and
    Because now, the Israeli governments are ready and willing to give in to hunger strikes from the
    cutthroats they house in their jails and trading thousands of them, even with blood in their hands for
    skeletons and single soldiers….
    Why ?? They could have easily agreed then to free the relatively few cutthroats they were asking for
    in exchange for the hostages, right ????
    Well,the israeli commandos were able to liquidate among others, the two BAEDER-MEINHOFF gand
    members helping the PLO and later on, the Germans "suicided" the rest of those they had in their jails….
    But of course, Israel will ever never dream of doing it…
    It wouldn't be of the liking of their White House Master and above all, "Politically Incorrect"…….
    RIGHT ??????

  • amused

    You've outdone yourself on this one schlomotion ,add revisionism to the long list of negative character defects in your side-show personality , as you continue to plumb the depths of your own bias and stupidity . Dont worry though , I dont thgink you've got too fdar to go , before you hit rock-bottom of that cesspool you possess as a brain

    • Schlomotion

      You're right. The story where God placed the first two Jews on Earth and made them out of dirt is a much more accurate story.

  • Ghostwriter

    Let me add my voice to the deserved condemnations of your idiotic post,Schlomind. In nearly every single post you've ever done,you've attacked Jews merely for existing on this planet. Your fact-free rants are tiresome and bordering on stupid. You're a vile piece of sludge and you deserve whatever condemnation you get,Slugmotion.

    • BS77

      don't bother replying to the Shlubmotion….he's a sick critter.