Remembering Entebbe

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The hostages were quickly escorted on board the Hercules transports, which headed home to Israel via a brief stop in Nairobi, Kenya, for refueling and medical treatment for some of the wounded.

It took less than an hour to thwart the plans of the PFLP.

The operation was so bold that the Israeli cabinet only decided to proceed within hours of the deadline while the mission had already begun and planes were already en route. Overall commander, Brigadier-General Dan Shomron later described the daring and extreme difficulties of the rescue mission: “You had more than one hundred people sitting in a small room, surrounded by terrorists with their fingers on the trigger. They could fire in a fraction of a second. We had to fly seven hours land safely, drive to the terminal area where the hostages were being held, get inside, and eliminate the terrorists before any of them could fire.”

The eight hijackers died. One account puts the number of Ugandan troops killed at 20, another at 45. Three hostages were killed during the gunfireexchange, one was wounded and at least five Israeli commandoes were wounded. Israeli Commando Surin Hershko was shot and paralyzed. One passenger, Dora Bloch, a Jewish British citizen, who was hospitalized earlier for stomach pains was murdered the next day by Ugandan soldiers.

The rescue operation, was renamed Operation Yonatan in honor of its commander, Yonatan Netanyahu, 30, who was cut down by a Ugandan sentry.Netanyahu believed from the outset that the plan could be accomplished and his confidence influenced government leaders and his fellow commandos. On that day, one of Israel’s greatest soldiers had fallen.

On that day which also happened to be the American bicentennial, forces that threatened freedom were routed by courage and daring. In the UN General Assembly, some praised the mission, others condemned and criticized. No matter. All words aside, heroic actions spoke on that triumphant day.

Thirty six years later, as the threat of terrorism continues to loom large, the rescue at Entebbe stands as a model of victory and of how it is achieved.

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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.