Israel’s Covert Rescue Mission in Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt

We’re examining a high point of Israeli history – Operation Thunderbolt. The mission to rescue a planeload of hostages from Entebbe, Uganda remains a revered military op and has become an important part of Israeli mythology.

While most people know the basics of the story, a daring rescue mission that saved the lives of most of the hostages, but took the life of legendary commander Yoni Netanyahu, behind the scenes, Israel’s leaders were grappling with the question of whether or not to negotiate with the terrorists, with surprising results.

Opting for a military operation, the rescue was ultimately about more than ensuring terrorism didn’t win. It was a defining political and cultural moment, as well as a huge test of Israel’s commitment to protect Jews worldwide.

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