Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the opening of Operation Yonatan, an exhibit at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in honor of the PM’s late brother, Entebbe hero Yoni Netanyahu.
From the prime minister:
“Yesterday my wife Sara and I participated in the opening of the exhibit Operation Yonatan at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv. Operation Yonatan was the name given retroactively to Operation Entebbe, in memory of Yonatan Netanyahu, my beloved older brother, who fell in battle while leading the hostage rescue operation in Entebbe, Uganda, on July 4, 1976.”
“The new exhibit features documents, pictures, movies, and items that had never been made public. Visitors can see the dramatic narrative of the operation through the eyes of the hostages, the IDF soldiers, and the Israeli government headed by then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. When walking through the exhibit, I received a reminder of Yoni’s final moments when I saw the vest that he wore, through which a bullet pierced his young heart.”
“The dramatic hostage rescue operation in Entebbe raised Israel’s stature in the world and gave the Israeli people tremendous pride. For my family, the operation led to terrible anguish, which was with my parents until their death and which my younger brother Iddo and I still carry with us every day.”
“The exhibit reminds us of the heroism of the soldiers of Israel, the unity of our people during trying times, and the wonders that we can accomplish together when we stand strong against our enemies.”
“Go see the exhibit. Shabbat shalom.”