Tuesday, June 27, 2006

30 Years Ago Today...

Via IDF release: France Jet Hijacked

An Air France aircraft that had been on its way from Lod to Paris with 258 passengers aboard was hijacked after a stop in Athens and flown to Benghazi, Libya, and then on to Entebbe, Uganda. The hijackers demanded the release of terrorists imprisoned in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, and Kenya. The hijacking was done by the terrorist organization of Wadia Hadad, with the support of Ugandan leader Idi Amin. During the IDF's counterattack in Entebbe, the captives were freed. The operation was executed quickly and successfully. The seven terrorists were killed. Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Netanyahu, commander of the Israeli force, was mortally wounded during the battle and one soldier, Surin Hershko, was seriously wounded. Three of the captives were killed and six wounded. An additional captive, Dora Bloch, had been taken to a Ugandan hospital and was murdered there.

10 Comments:

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

What was the name of the film about this event? I think that I saw that movie on cable, not long ago.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Raid On Entebbe.... and it was on the History Channel a few weeks ago (when I did my post about James Woods and 9/11, which was one of the bumpers to commerical during it).

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
What did you think of the movie?

 
At 7:48 AM, Blogger birdwoman said...

The stuff of which true villains and heroes are made.

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At 8:19 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

I remember this event very well.
It was just before my military service.

Richard Dreyfus played Netanyahu in the film.
I don't think the film was terribly good - low budget production.

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

And now this poor boy Eliyahu Pinchas Asheri was murdered.
Why oh, why do we have to put up with such criminal behaviour.

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I thought it was well done, AOW. Though a little upsetting that most of the strong Israeli soldiers were played by non-Jews like James Woods, lol. The Israeli victims, well....those were played by Jews for the most part, I think. Ah, Hollwyood....

So true, bw.

Wild, Felis. Right before? As for Richard Dreyfuss in this film, actually he was in Victory at Entebbe. In Raid on Entebbe, Yonatan Netanyahu was played by Stephen Macht. Now I need to see this movie you are talking about.

As for the young man kidnapped and killed, Felis...my blood is boiling. This insanity must end. I'm glad to see Israel finally taking steps but it may be too little, too late.

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

There was a third movie with Yehoram " Kazablan" Gaon. I am cerain Batya will recall it

 
At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Rory said...

Esther,
I agree with you about the casting, but did you notice that there was a real Israeli playing one of the soldiers? He was the one who said the prayer for the dead for Jonathan. His name is Aharon Ihpale and, for a while, he played a doctor on "All My Children" many years ago. And as far as the version where Richard Dreyfuss played Jonathan, that has to rank as the most putrid piece of casting in Hollywood history. First of all, Richard Dreyfuss was about twice Jonathan's age, and a lot shorter, so for anybody who knows what the real Jonathan Netanyahu looked like, Richard Dreyfuss was a joke.

Beakerkin,
It was "Operation Thunderbolt" and, as in the case of Richard Dreyfuss, Yehoram Gaon was also a lot older than the real Jonathan. Except in that case, nobody made a secret of the fact that he was chosen for the role because of his iconic status in Israel, not because he was necessarily the best one for the part.

 
At 6:53 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Three movies about Entebbe? I think the one I saw was Raid. Was that a made-for-TV production?

 

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