Thirty-five years ago today, 7/4/76, a young Israeli commander was shot and killed as he helped free 105 hostages in one of the worst terrorist hijackings in history. The soldier’s name was Jonathan Netanyahu, and he led the command of the forces in the Raid on Entebbe.
Ten years later, in July of 1986, his father, Benzion Netanyahu and son, now-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, published the conferences of the second of two international symposiums on the subject of International Terrorism. The symposiums, held in 1979 and in 1984, were hosted by the Jonathan Institute, an organization founded by Professor Benzion Netanyahu in memory of his son, Jonathon, who died in the raid on Entebbe.
“My brother believed that the battle against terrorism was part of a much larger struggle, one between the forces of civilization and the forces of barbarism.”
The institute adopts, as its official definition of Terrorism:
“Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends.”
What is the political end pursued by Terrorists?
“To destroy the fabric of democratic, lawful societies all over the world.”
One can easily understand why the Left excoriates Benjamin Netanyahu when reading the chapters thatidentify the chief sources of Terrorism directed at the West.
“Communist totalitarianism and Islamic radicalism have, between them, inspired virtually all of contemporary terrorism. Both legitimize violence for higher causes, and both are hostile to democracy.”
The Marxist Left, profoundly sympathetic to the Islamic Radical movement, engages constantly in generating the “Terrorist as Freedom Fighter.” By casting Israel in the roll of the oppressive, torturing Imperial State, the freedom-loving Westerners are paralyzed with a irrational fear that, in repressing the Islamists, they are actually killing the equivalent of American Revolutionary they rightly celebrate. Read more: NEWSREAL BLOG
Excellent reenactment of this near-perfect raid and rescue operation. Makes you wonder why Jimmy Carter didn’t allow our military to do the same thing in Iran.