On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. Read more...
On June 27, 1976, an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by a group of Arab and German terrorists who demanded the release of 53 terrorists. The plane was forced to divert to Entebbe, in Uganda--ruled by the murderous despot Idi Amin, who had no interest in intervening.
Days later, Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers assaulted the airport terminal, killed all the terrorists, and rescued all the hostages but three who were killed in the crossfire. The assault force suffered just one fatality: its commander, Yoni Netanyahu (brother of Israel's current Prime Minister.) Three of the country's greatest leaders: Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin planned and pulled off one of the most astonishing military operations in history.
- ISBN-13: 9780316245418
- ISBN-10: 0316245410
- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Publish Date: December 2015
- Page Count: 464
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.55 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Military historian David (Military Blunders) tackles the weeklong drama of the July 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Israel and destined for Paris by two Palestinians and two Germans, considering it largely from the perspectives of the hijackerswho had diverted the plane to Entebbe, Ugandaand Israeli leaders in charge of the rescue operation. David conclusively demonstrates that Ugandan dictator Idi Amin cooperated with the hijackers and, in reprisal for the Israeli raid, had an elderly Israeli-British hostage abducted from a Ugandan hospital and murdered, while also ordering the deaths of the Entebbe air traffic controllers and hundreds of ethnic Kenyans in his country (Kenya had provided landing rights to the Israeli commandos transit planes). Of note is Davids account of the tug-of-war between Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon PeresIsraels prime minister and defense minister, respectivelyover whether to conduct the raid mission. David profiles other Israeli principals involvedincluding Yoni Netanyahu, brother of Benjamin Netanyahu and the only one of the 91 commandos involved who was killedand captures the largely ineffectual and peripheral activities of a number of British, French, and American diplomats. Davids book lacks insight on the hijackers backgrounds and motivations, but is otherwise an excellent account of the planning and execution of a successful high-risk operation. Agent: Jason Bartholomew, Hodder & Stoughton (U.K.). (Dec.)