A crowd in excess of 200 sat and stood in silence in the Lieberman-Farber Hall for 2 hours on Tuesday night listening to Rami Sherman, a member of the Entebbe Rescue Mission of 1976, as he recounted in great detail how the hijacking of the Air France aircraft unfolded and ultimately the execution of a rescue mission that left the world in awe of what Israel could do. As he explained it, the mission proved that Israel would always stand behind Jews in trouble, wherever in the world they might be. In his words, “I left Israel as a soldier, I arrived back as a Jew, but it took me 40 years to realise this”.
The silence of the world, including the Secretary General of the United Nations, did not go unnoticed during this time.
With the tragic death of the commander of the Israeli troops, Yoni Netanyahu, the mission was officially renamed Operation Yonatan.
At the end of the presentation, those present joined in an impromptu singing of Hatikva.
The evening was co-hosted by Beit Halevi and Central Shule.