Netanyahu, Barak Mark 40 Years Since Sabena Raid (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 04/05/12)
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Forty years ago, Ehud Barak was the commander of the IDF´s elite
Sayeret Matkal infantry reconnaissance unit, and Binyamin Netanyahu
was a young officer under his command.
On May 9, 1972, the unit carried out a successful raid on a Sabena
Flight 571 jet that had been hijacked by four terrorists from the
Fatah´s Black September splinter group. The two male terrorists were
killed, while the two female terrorists were captured, and and the 90
passengers were freed.
Three passengers were wounded in the raid, one of whom died of their
wounds in the hospital. The soldiers were unharmed except for
Netanyahu, who was accidentally shot in the hand by another soldier.
Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak took part in
ceremony marking the 40 year anniversary of that raid on Thursday.
"Since that operation we have approved many operations and we have
also not approved many operations," said Netanyahu at the
ceremony. "The thing that always guided us was the perspective that
we have to fight terror. It will not cease if we do not fight it. The
danger will not go away if we do not deal with it."
"We see now in Eilat that the Sinai Peninsula is turning into a
terror area. We are dealing with it, constructing a security fence,
but it does not stop missiles. We will find a solution for that also.
We will hit those who send terrorist against us… In the end, no one
will protect the Jews if they do not protect themselves. That is the
Barak said: "At this point we do not know who is behind the missile
fire, but the meaning is a grave one. This is another painful proof
that this business of terror has not ended. I imagine that in a
matter of hours or a few days we will know exactly what is behind
this organization. We will study the information, we will think and
then we will respond."
There were 90 passengers plus crew on board the Sabena jet, which had
come from Brussels and landed in Lod Airport after it was hijacked.
Sixteen Sayeret Matkal officers, disguised as technicians in white
jumpsuits, boarded the jet from five directions at once and in 60
seconds killed the four male hijackers and took the two female
hijackers into custody.
The supposed explosive charges that the terrorists had planted on the
plane were thrown out of it onto the tarmac. It later turned out that
they were dummy charges.
Netanyahu and Barak now find themselves in charge of what may be the
biggest operation of their lifetimes: an attack on Iran´s nuclear
sites. At the same time, they are entrusted with countless smaller
decisions, like the question of retaliation for tonight´s Grad attack
on Eilat – and also the eviction of Jews from Machpela House in
Hevron. One question that nationalists asked after the Hevron
eviction was whether Netanyahu is still following the lead of his
former commander Barak. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/05/12)
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