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Jul 2, 2016 By Deborah Danan Category: Special Needs,
'Entebbe is a moral imperative': 40 years later, the rescue still informs its heroes' choices
Monday marks 40 years since Israel's successful hostage-rescue mission at Entebbe airport in Uganda. But Maj. General (Res.) Doron Almog's memories of Operation Yonatan remain vivid -- from the role a piece of chewing gum played in the bold undertaking to the pain of witnessing his friend Yoni Netanyahu, the hero after whom the operation is named, die.
The plan was to fake the volatile Ugandan despot's return to Entebbe from a diplomatic trip in order to infiltrate the terminals and free the 106 people being held there. But there was one problem: The airborne limo was leaking gas.
"So we blocked the hole with chewing gum," Almog says simply.
Almog describes the July 4, 1976 hostage-rescue mission as a "one-of-a-kind military operation."
"But it also showed the commitment, the determination, and the dedication that the State of Israel has for any Jew, anywhere in the world, whose life is in danger," he says. "This is what has characterized the Jewish people all through its history, that we are all responsible for one another."
|Doron Almog at Aleh Negev, his life's calling.|
"He wore diapers, he never once said the word 'abba' and yet he was the greatest professor of my life," Almog says.
In April of this year, Almog was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize in recognition of his contributions to society. The prize, Almog says, belongs to Eran for giving him the chance to change the lives of society's weakest for the better.
|Sorin Hershko as a young soldier.|
Lessons from Entebbe to the world
In Hershko’s view, Entebbe taught the world the same lesson to never give up in the face of evil.
"We had the element of surprise that is missing from today's world," he says. "No one expected us to get there. The terrorists in Entebbe thought they were in a hotel, that nothing could touch them."
Memories of Yoni Netanyahu
En route to Entebbe, Hershko settled down before the action to catch some sleep, using the roof of the Mercedes as a makeshift bed. He remembers leaning over and seeing the operation's commander, Yoni Netanyahu, looking jarringly relaxed while perusing an English-language book.
Sorin Hershko with some of
LOTEM's soldier guides.
When asked if he has any message for the world, LOTEM's chairman is modestly dismissive.