Operation Thunderbolt – Raid on Entebbe

Just a few days ago, on June 27, Israel celebrated the anniversary of a modern event of similar daring. In an astounding rescue, 100 elite Israeli commandos led by Yoni Netanyahu, (Bibi’s older brother) traveled over 2,500 miles to Kampala, Uganda and liberated scores of passengers taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists from a hijacked airplane. “Operation Thunderbolt” took place on July 4, 1976 whereby 103 hostages were saved, while only three died. Yoni Netanyahu was the one Israeli who sacrificed his life for this mission. The seemingly impossible rescue, which also took place at night, required a week of planning, and lasted just 90 minutes. It was totally unexpected and unprecedented in modern history, and became a model for rescue team training in the US military.

I also wrote a devotion based on this raid on Worthy Devotions:  In War You Need Chutzpah

Take a few moments to watch this National Geographic special video on the Raid on Entebbe.

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