Entebbe Again

I watched a 2018 remake of the Entebbe Operation of July 4, 1976, entitled “Seven Days in Entebbe.”   This was was mainly seen from the point of view of the two German terrorists.  It was ridiculous, don’t bother to watch it.   There was a dance sequence shown over and over again that I suppose was meant to be symbolic and artistic, but it was intrusive and totally destroyed the tension.

In the movie, Defense MInister Shimon Peres is the hawk and PM Yitzhak Rabin is the dove, totally opposite to  reality.  And the actors who portrayed them were cardboard at best.

They showed none of the careful planning for the attack, they didn’t even show that they had blueprints of the terminals there and that they interviewed the French hostages who were released who gave valuable information.  The IDF operation that saved over 100 Jewish hostages at Entebbe was an amazing, well-planned and historic action that reversed the threat of Palestinian and German leftist terrorism.  But, none of that comes across in the movie.

As I said, most objectionable, was that they focused on the two German bastard terrorists and showed them as not really evil, but somehow misguided humanitarians.  They showed how human they were.  At no point did they focus on any one of the Israeli hostages and show their humanity.  They even omitted the fact that Dora Bloch, an old German Holocaust survivor who was taken to hospital, was beaten to death after the rescue mission succeeded.  It was a ridiculous and poisonous travesty.

The two previous movies made on the Entebbe Operation were both B-type movies.  No-one has made a really meaningful, accurate and gripping account of this important watershed event that showed that no-where is safe for the enemies of Israel and that terrorism doesn’t work.

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2 thoughts on “Entebbe Again

  1. I saw the film “Victory at Entebbe” while traveling in Israel in 1977. It was definitely a B production despite starring Kirk Douglas and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was in English with Hebrew subtitles. The thing I found most interesting was that at every point meant to be touching and poignant, the Israeli audience would break into wild laughter.

    David Yaffe

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