National
Uganda, Israel honor 1976 Entebbe raid
Publish Date: Aug 14, 2012
Uganda, Israel honor 1976 Entebbe raid
The Civil Aviation Authority structure near the airport.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Steven Candia                 

Wreaths were laid, a moment of silence held, speeches made and a poem recited as both Uganda and Israel Monday commemorated an Israel-led raid on Entebbe in which 100 hostages were rescued from terrorists.           

And in the somber ceremony held at the base of a tower at the Old Entebbe Airport, where Yonatan Netanyahu, the commander of the elite Israeli commando unit was killed in the July 4, 1976 raid, both countries renewed their commitment to fight terrorism and to work towards humanity.           

To symbolize their strong bilateral relations, flags of the two countries flapped wildly in the windy afternoon, standing on either side of a huge plaque with a complete history of the raid erected on the bullet riddled tower.

 At the base of the tower four wreaths were laid, one by Ugandan State minister of animal industry, Bright Rwamirama, another by Israeli deputy foreign affairs minister, Daniel Ayalon and the the other two by the Israel community in Uganda.

Both Ayalon and the Israeli Ambassador based in Kenya, Gil Haskel paid glowing tribute to Nentanyahu and his comrades.

Ayalon noted that though the mission was successful, it had come at a heavy price – the death of Netanyahu which ironically led to many walking into freedom.

"But today we follow in his footsteps and come with a different mission of peace and cooperation with the great people of Uganda," Ayalon said.

Rwamirama hailed the relation between the two countries which he said is historical.

The raid, popularly known as Operation Thunderbolt and later renamed Operation Jonathan in Israel in memory of Nentayahu's heroic feat was executed at midnight by about 100 Israel commandos, having flown undetected from Israel.

At the end of the nine hour operation, 102 hostages were rescued ad five Israeli commandos were wounded.

All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed. A fourth Israeli hostage, Dorah Bloch was later killed in Uganda.

Netanyahu, a brother to the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the only Israeli soldier killed in the raid. 

About 248 passengers aboard an Air France plane were taken hostage on June 27, 1976 by terrorists of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells and flown to Entebbe, prompting the raid.

A bulk of the hostages, many of them non-Jews were released prior to the raid. 

Ayalon will today inaugurate a new trauma center and emergency Ward at Mulago hospital, funded and constructed through MASHAV – Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation.

The centre has a capacity to handle emergencies and will serve as a regional referral centre.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Mengo to build five more vocational institutes
The Minister of Education in the Buganda government Dr. Twaha Kaawaase has revealed that the Kingdom has embarked on a move to set up vocational institutions to promote technical education around the region...
Screening of Ebola vaccine candidates starts in Kampala
Makerere University Walter Reed Project has started screening candidates for the trial of an experimental vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda....
Old Taxi Park drivers welcome renovation plans
It is barely a week since KCCA demolished all kiosks (small shops) within and outside the Old Taxi Park to pave way for renovations....
Makerere University staff withdraw court case over retirement benefits
The staff had taken the university to court over unpaid arrears, saying the university was showing little commitment to clear the monies....
Frustrated Ugandan attempts suicide in Dubai
A Ugandan man attempts to commit suicide in the middle of a busy Dubai street in the UAE, but only breaks his legs....
Museveni commissions sh5.8b technical institute
President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned a sh5.8b technical institute in Kamuli district....
Will a ban on Waragi sold in sachets reduce consumption of Alcohol?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter