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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Yoni Netanyahu: Israeli hero!

    This is an astonishing memoir written by Iddo Netanyahu about his brother Jonathan Netanyahu. Jonathan, also known as Yoni, led the rescue operation at Entebbe in July, 1976. He was the commander of the operation and was killed during the successful rescue of the hostages at the Uganda airport. Sadly, he was only 30 years old and was a brilliant soldier and very accomplished scholar. His death was tragic and a significant loss for Israel's military. If you are unfamiliar with the story, Arab terrorists hijacked a plane heading from Tel Aviv to Paris and took most of the passengers on board as hostages flying them to Entebbe airport in Uganda. Iddi Amin, dictator of Uganda aligned himself with the terrorists doing nothing to free or protect the hostages. It was then up to Israel to decide to either give in to the terrorists demands to release many Arab prisoners from Israeli jails or to try to rescue the hostages. It was always the principle of Israel's government not to give in to the demands of terrorists but to lose this many innocent people woud be devastating. The author explains how this dilemma was resolved.

    The book is well written and keeps the reader interested while it tells in detail how the rescue operation was designed and how it was put into action. We get to know Yoni as a person and as a military leader. I totally enjoyed this book and was so impressed by the poignant storytelling abilities of its author, the hero's brother. It reminds us that men like Yoni have to be respected and their memory honored and kept alive in the retelling of their story. Yoni was a man of integrity, intelligence and devotion to his country and to the Jewish people. Today, so many years later, his story is told over and over again to children and military personnel in Israel. This book will keep Yoni's memory and deeds alive in a way that is important. Just realizing that this entire military operation was prepared in less than 48 hours and that it succeeded in saving over one hundred lives, makes the reader aware of just how daring and hazardous this rescue attempt was for those involved. It also makes us realize what a special person Yoni Netanyahu was and what a tragedy it was that he died at such a young age.

    This book is a must read. It is a memorial in manuscript to a man who will always be held in high esteem not only by the Jewish population of Israel but by Jews throughout the entire world. The author says it best when he writes in his foreward section of his book, "To the general public, Yoni was virtually unknown during his lifetime because of the secret nature of his work in the army. In less than 24 hours after the safe landing of the hostages and soldiers in Israel, Yoni's name would become a household word throughout his country; his life and person would take their hold on the imagination of countless Israelis."

    The Netanyahu family has much to be proud of in all their sons. Not only is the author Iddo an accomplished writer, but he is also a physician. His brother Benjamin is the present Prime Minister of Israel. Yoni represents the kind of spirit that has made possible the country of Israel...a tiny speck of a country compared to its Arab enemies that surround it but just like Yoni, Israel and its Jewish population will sacrifice whatever it takes to make sure Judaism survives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Highly Recommended.

    This book is undoubtedly the most accurate portrayal of the incredible rescue at Entebbe that took place on July 4th, 1976. Working against time, the elite of the Israeli Defense Force were able to successfully plan and execute a mission that had never been attempted before. The operation remained shrouded in secrecy, and the United States was only informed after the hostages had been rescued from within enemy territory. The raid itself was a resounding success; the terrorists were eliminated and Idi Amin¿s army stood no chance against Israel¿s elite commandos. Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, commander of ¿the Unit¿, that conducted the raid was the only Israeli soldier killed in the attack. The book, written by his brother pays an enormous tribute to his heroic deeds, as he was the one responsible for the entire operation that would take these men far away from the safety of Israel. The author vividly reconstructs every detail of this amazing rescue, from start to finish, while at the same time reflecting on several aspects of Yoni¿s life. From their childhood to their time in the army, they served side by side; they were soldiers¿they were brothers. Yoni, one of the greatest heroes in Israeli history, and the incredible account of the rescue at Entebbe, will be remembered by many for years to come. Anyone interested in military history, will greatly appreciate the value of this book, as it gives a very detailed look into how such an operation unfolded, which ultimately led to its success.

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