Operation Thunderbolt

Little, Brown and Company  2016


On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe, Uganda—ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, had no interest in intervening.

Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed off the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality: its commander, Yoni Netanyahu, the brother of the current Israeli prime minister. Three of the Israel's greatest leaders, Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.

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