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Netanyahu at Entebbe memorial: We fight terror fearlessly

Marking 40 years since the mission, PM called it ‘the most impressive hostage rescue operation in history’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  speaks at a state ceremony commemorating 40 years since Operation Entebbe, July 10, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a state ceremony commemorating 40 years since Operation Entebbe, July 10, 2016. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Sunday to continue taking action to defeat terror, during a memorial to mark the 40th anniversary of the rescue of Israeli hostages held by terrorists at Entebbe airport in Uganda in 1976.

His brother Yonatan was killed rescuing the hostages held by German and Palestinian hijackers. In Hebrew, the operation is dubbed “Operation Yoni.”

Speaking at the ceremony in Jerusalem, the prime minister called the mission “the most impressive hostage rescue operation in history.”

“Bold steps for the security of the state are taken ​​all the time, even thousands of miles from home,” Netanyahu said, stressing that Israel “will continue to act fearlessly against terror.”

Israel has been hit by a wave of terror attacks since October last year that has so far claimed the lives of 34 Israelis in a series of stabbings, shootings, car-rammings and a suicide bombing.

On Saturday, an Israeli man was moderately injured in a drive-by shooting attack near the West Bank settlement of Metzad between Bethlehem and Hebron.

Earlier this month, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist while she was sleeping in her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

A day later, Rabbi Miki Mark, a yeshiva head from the settlement of Otniel, was killed in a drive-by shooting by Palestinian terrorists while driving on Route 60 with his family. Mark’s wife was seriously injured and two of his children were wounded in the attack.

On Sunday, the cabinet approved a NIS 50 million plan to “strengthen Kiryat Arba and the Jewish community in Hebron,” according to Netanyahu.

“Government offices, I must note, have all been recruited to assist the residents who stand heroically in the face of vicious terrorism, including yesterday’s terrorist attack in which, happily, no lives were lost,” he said.

The prime minister returned on Friday from a four-day diplomatic visit to Africa aimed at boosting ties.

His first stop was Uganda where he also commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Israeli raid.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gives a speech after his arrival at Entebbe airport Uganda, Monday, July 4, 2016. Netanyahu is on a four-nation Africa tour to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gives a speech after his arrival at Entebbe airport Uganda, Monday, July 4, 2016. Netanyahu is on a four-nation Africa tour to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)
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