Netanyahu Calls for Courage in Fight against Terror Top story

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In short
On July 4, 1976, a team of Israeli elite commandos led a rescue mission to extract Jewish and Israeli passengers from an Air France flight held hostage at Entebbe Airport. The raid freed over 100 Israelis held in the old terminal building at the airport, as well as some of the hostages.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called upon the world to Unite against terrorism, stating that clarity and courage can defeat deliberate murder of the innocent.

Netanyahu says recent terror attacks in Nairobi and Paris and any other place should be condemned and treated as one, adding that nothing justifies the systematic murder of civilians. 

"The fight against terror continues still today," he added. "It threatens every country and continent and we must stand united in one spirit, and one front, in the spirit of Entebbe."

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Netanyahu, who is visiting Uganda to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the raid on Entebbe, stated that it was emotional for him to stand "very near where my brother Yoni fell" in the 1976 Israeli commando raid.

On July 4, 1976, a team of Israeli elite commando's led a rescue mission to extract Jewish and Israeli passengers from an Air France flight held hostage at Entebbe Airport. The raid freed over 100 Israelis held in the old terminal building at the airport, as well as some of the hostages.

Netanyahu's brother Yonatan also known as Yoni was killed leading the mission, as were three hostages. A fourth hostage, Dora Bloch, 75, was allegedly killed by Idi Amin's henchmen in Mulago hospital. Israel is currently funding the renovation of a wing in the hospital's trauma center.

He is the first sitting Prime Minister to visit sub-Saharan Africa since Yitzhak Shamir visited four western African countries in 1987.

Netanyahu stated that Israel is returning to Africa and that the Jewish state has great opportunity to strengthen economic and commercial ties with some of the Africa's most promising emerging markets. He added  that Israel looks forward to working with the African continent which is currently on the rise, adding that many Africans and Israelis will benefit from the partnership.

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President Museveni on the other hand stated that the liberation movement should use discipline and purposeful violence in order to deal with the challenges the world is facing. He says there is a thin line between a freedom fighter and a terrorist.

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The visit that started in Uganda will see him visit Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia before returning to Israel on Friday.

 

About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.