Take an intimate and riveting journey into one of the most intrepid exploits in
Israeli history, the story of the leader and only casualty of Operation Entebbe.
Born in 1946 in the United States, Jonathan (Yoni) Netanyahu always felt committed to serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. For that reason he discontinued his studies at Harvard and returned to Israel to rejoin the army, where he eventually was appointed commander in chief of the top commando unit in the Israeli military (and where his two younger brothers, Benjamin—Israel’s current prime minister—and Ido, also served). On July 4, 1976, 30-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Netanyahu led the operation that rescued 103 Israeli hostages from Palestinian terrorists and Ugandan dictator Idi Amin at Entebbe Airport. Commander Netanyahu, who insisted on personally leading his force, was shot dead in the operation that turned him into a historic figure. In this emotional documentary utilizing Netanyahu’s own writings and news reports of the daring raid on Entebbe, filmmakers Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot delicately weave the epic with the intimate in this personal story of a young man who dedicated his life to the service of his people.