The Entebbe Rescue – 40 years later

  • September 18, 2016
  • 7:00 PM
  • Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach - 30804 South Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Raid on Entebbe!  IDF Paratrooper Sassy Reuven shares his story!

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 - 7:00pm

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Sasson (Sassy) Reuven, a former Israeli paratrooper and now a California resident and father of three, participated in a hostage-rescue operation in 1976 that became not just the stuff of legend, but an Emmy Award-nominated film, “Operation Thunderbolt,” which takes its name from the then-secret maneuver.

Reuven’s personal step by step experience in this operation, along with reflections on religious and ethnic tolerance - is the subject of his talk, “Raid on Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt, on Sunday, Sept 18, 7 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center in Laguna Beach. A question-and-answer session will follow.

On June 27, 1976, nearly 250 unwitting Paris-bound passengers - most of whom were Jewish and Israeli - took off in an Air France plane from Tel Aviv, only to be hijacked and then diverted first to Benghazi, Libya, and ultimately to Entebbe, Uganda. There, the hostages were held by terrorists under the command of the late dictator Idi Amin.

On July 4, the terrifying 90-minute “Operation Thunderbolt,” carried out by the Israeli army under the guidance of the Mossad, resulted in hundreds of lives saved and the death of every hijacker. One who didn’t survive the rescue mission was Commander Yonatan Netanyahu, the brother of Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.