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YONIS LAST BATTLE: The Rescue at Entebbe 1976 Hardcover – 1 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: GEFEN PUBLISHING HOUSE; Edition Unstated edition (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652292834
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652292834
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Originally published in Hebrew in 1991, this book has been reissued in English to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Entebbe raid. In June 1976, an Air France jetliner was hijacked and forced to fly to Entebbe, Uganda, by terrorists. On July 4, 30 soldiers of the Israeli army known as "the Unit" successfully rescued over 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers held captive by the terrorists. Only the 30-year-old commander of the unit, Lt. Col. Jonathan (Yoni) Netanyahu, was killed. He was the brother of the author, who also participated in the raid, along with a third brother, Benjamin Netanyahu (later to become prime minister of Israel). The book is both an accurate, detailed account of the raid and a personal tribute to a brother and a hero. The fast-paced text offers numerous flashbacks of the three brothers' childhood and army service. Although some details and identities remain classified, the author was able to interview most of the unit's soldiers and others involved in the raid. This new edition contains transcripts of those interviews. The book lacks an index, but photos, drawings, and personal recollections assist in explaining this historical event. Recommended for all public libraries. David M. Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY

About the Author

Iddo Netanyahu was born in Jerusalem, Israel. After graduating from high school in the United States, where he spent part of his childhood, he returned to Israel. There he enlisted in the elite commando unit that his older brother Jonathan was to lead to Entebbe in 1976. It was during his studies at The Hebrew University School of Medicine that Netanyahu began his career as an author of short stories, novels and political articles. He divides his time between writing and working as a physician. Netanyahu lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two children.

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Jonathan (Yoni) Netenyahu was a 30 year old distinguished and well respected soldier, the Commanding Officer of "the Unit" which stood for General Staff Reconnaissance Unit in Israel. They were a key force in defending Israel against its enemies. Iddo Netenyaho, the author of this book was in the reserves when the events in this book took place. The book is about the daring rescue of airline passengers held captive by Arab and German terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda which took place on July 4, 1976. As missions go, it was an overwhelming success ... with only one casualty. The book is based on meticulous research, such as over seventy taped interviews of participants in the raid, radio interviews, and statements made by reserve members at a ten year commemorative meeting of the mission. The book reads like a suspense-filled novel. Drew Middleton,a military analyst for the New York Times, calls this military action/rescue the first of its kind. Unfortunately, Yoni the Commander and leader, was shot right when his team was about to deploy in front of the building of the large hall. The team members did as instructed by their Commander during the drills, they continued with the assault and would treat the injured afterwards. By the time Yoni received help from a doctor, it was clear he had suffered massive blood loss from internal injuries. Despite life-saving interventions out in the field, the situation became hopeless and he died.

Iddo Netenyahu provides fascinating insights into his brother's personality and character by interspersing recollections of family events, describing what his brother told him, and quoting excerpts of letters written at different times in his life.
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Written by the brother of the commanding officer of the rescue, the only soldier to be killed, the brother was also in "the Unit". That's Sayeret Matkal, the Israeli equivalent of the UK SAS or the US Navy Seals, supported by Paratroops and elite infantry. This tells the most complete story of the Rescue of more than 100 hostages, 2,000 miles away. The Israelis had few options, all involving an immense risk, even acceding to the terrorists demands was an immense risk. The author does not shy from revealing the dire consequences of failure. Almost 40 years later and ever increasing tragedies, countries reeling from senseless massacre of their citizens, yet none are willing to take such bold steps. They tut, tut, very seriously, but little else. Pity.
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I read this book many years ago and subsequently visited Israel and Yoni's memorial in Jerusalem. It has stayed with me for many years and I purchased this recently for my husband to read. He has found it as moving and fascinating as I did and read it several times. A very worthy read and an amazing man, well written by his brother.
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