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July 4 also marks Entebbe raid anniversary

"That’s a very Texan foreign policy," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted of the raid, which happened 47 years ago.

Rescued Air France passengers wave to the waiting crowd while leaving the belly of the Hercules plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Credit: Moshe Milner, July 4, 1976, from National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography Department, Government Press Office via Wikimedia Commons.
Rescued Air France passengers wave to the waiting crowd while leaving the belly of the Hercules plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Credit: Moshe Milner, July 4, 1976, from National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography Department, Government Press Office via Wikimedia Commons.

“Happy Fourth of July! Today is also the 47th anniversary of the daring Entebbe raid. I was only five at the time, but I remember being inspired by the amazing courage of the IDF team that rescued the hostages and killed the terrorists,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted. “I thought, ‘That’s a very Texan foreign policy.'”

Cruz shared a tweet from StandWithUs, which noted the anniversary and that the IDF rescued more than 100 Jewish and Israeli hostages in Uganda, whom Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists held. It also noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan (Yoni) Netanyahu—a commander of the mission—was the only Israeli casualty.

“We remember this act of heroism and sacrifice that saved so many lives,” StandWithUs wrote.

On July 4, 1976, an elite unit of Israeli commandoes carried out “Operation Thunderbolt” at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

“Israel stunned the world 47 years ago by rescuing 102 people held hostage in Uganda by Palestinian and German terrorists,” wrote the American Jewish Committee. The European Jewish Congress added, “Let us honor the bravery of those involved, including Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, who exemplified courage and heroism.”

“We remember their extraordinary courage, especially that of Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu, who gave his life saving others,” added B’nai B’rith International.

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