Heroes of Operation Entebbe met with members of Chicago's Jewish community and detailed the historic counter-terror hostage rescue by Israeli commandoes. The meeting took place at the Highland Park home of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters Lisa and Jeff Aronin on June 13.
Former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commandos Amir Ofer , Amnon Peled and Gadi Ilan discussed the famous IDF operation of July 4, 1976, in which they and others overpowered Palestinian and German hijackers of an Air France plane with 248 hostages at the Entebbe, Uganda airport.
Operation Entebbe, or Operation Thunderbolt, saved 102 of the 106 hostages. One Israeli commando, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu – the older brother of current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – lost his life. Four movies and several books have chronicled the operation, including the 2018 film "7 Days in Entebbe."
"It was such an honor to host the heroes of Operation Entebbe with the Friends of the IDF," said Aronin. "This was an incredible opportunity to hear from these brave men, who made history. Hearing their stories underscores how all the brave men and women of the IDF protect and defend Israel and the Jewish people everywhere."
"When we saw the hostages, I raised my megaphone to say, 'stay down, stay down, we are Israeli soldiers,' said Ofer. "Meeting these Chicago supporters, I can tell that they know and feel in their hearts that the IDF will always be there for them."