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The crowd lifting the squadron leader of the rescue planes on their return to Israel from Entebbe in July 1976. David Rubinger/Corbis via Getty Images

Operation Thunderbolt

The most audacious Special Forces Operation in History

It was the most daring rescue mission of a generation, with a cast that included three future prime ministers, Idi Amin and more than 100 hostages. July 4th marked the 41st anniversary of the famed rescue at Entebbe, in which Israeli commandos flew 2,000 miles into the heart of Africa to bring home over 100 Jewish hostages whose Air France flight had been hijacked to Uganda by Palestinian and German terrorists, abetted by Ugandan strongman Idi Amin.

“Mission Impossible,” was the Daily Mail’s headline the day after the Entebbe Operation. “No country in the world would dare try such an operation, as it truly was a mission impossible,” the British paper wrote. “But Israel dared—and won.”

The rescue operation—subsequently renamed Operation Yonatan for its commander Yonatan Netanyahu who was killed during the rescue—captured the imagination of military theorists, filmmakers, and ordinary people, and continues to spark spates of retelling and analysis at every significant anniversary. Just last year, a new exhibit of previously unseen relics of the raid opened at the Rabin Center in Israel. But despite all the movies, books, and exhibits, there are many lesser-known details and subplots of the rescue that still retain the capacity to surprise.

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UK muscles up against UN over Israel as well

The UK has muscled up against the UN over Israel as well now.

The push back is harsh, Breitbart reports:

As long as Israel remains a standing agenda item at the United Nations and “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis” the UK will vote down any attempt to debate the future of the Jewish State.

This warning was made on Friday at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) by the UK mission in Geneva. It came as the UNHCR debated Israel’s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories.

In its history, the UNHCR has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after Friday’s session in Geneva tell the story: Israel – 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria – 29, North Korea – 9, and Iran – 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there’s nothing at all.

While it made clear its “serious concerns about the growth in illegal demolitions and settlement activity” and said the UK stood “shoulder to shoulder with the international community” in support of a two-state solution, the UK mission added the council’s “unacceptable pattern of bias” as evidenced by the sheer number of motions condemning the Jewish state would only make the goal harder to achieve.

The statement continued:

“The trend of Israeli conduct in the occupied Palestinian territories over the past year has been negative.

“But we must also recognise the continuing terrorism, incitement and violence that Israel faces. Renewed Hamas efforts to rebuild their tunnels are a grave concern. The scourge of anti-Semitic incitement and glorification of terrorism continue.

“And yet neither ‘terrorism’ nor ‘incitement’ were a focus of this week’s council discussions and resolutions. This is not acceptable.”

The mission also questioned why Israel was still a standing agenda item while “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis”.

Friday’s vote marked a reversal of previous UK efforts to isolate Israel from the international community.

Good to see that the UK and the USA are using veto powers now for what they were intended…to stop bullying against small nations by vested interests.


– Breitbart

Nikki Haley: ‘The Days of Israel-Bashing are Over’

Nikki Haley spoke at the AIPAC conference about the changes she is overseeing at the United Nations.

Truth Revolt reports:

As the new United Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley made it clear during her talk at AIPAC that there’s a new sheriff in town and she wears high heels.

Sitting down with former Defense Department official Dan Senor, Haley said she is ready to “change the culture of the UN.” Here’s how she suggests doing so:

“The United States tells them what we’re not going to put up with. We start to change the culture to what we should be talking about, and then, we actually act on what we say.

“I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement; it’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick them every single time.”   Read more »

TVNZ spanked by BSA for fake news story calling Gaza blockade illegal

Fake News: TVNZ caught misleading about Gaza blockade status

TVNZ has copped a spanking from the Broadcasting Standards Authority for describing the blockade of Gaza as illegal…when it is not.

Shalom.Kiwi explains:

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint concerning TVNZ’s coverage of the Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza, on the basis that it breached the required standard of accuracy by stating the blockade of Gaza is “illegal”. In doing so it set out some important expectations:

Broadcasters should refrain from making unequivocal statements of fact on issues that are the subject of international dispute, to ensure viewers are not misled. This is particularly so in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where a broadcaster’s use of labels and descriptions can have a significant impact on the audience’s understanding, and views on, the conflict.NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority Ruling 2016-087

In September 2016, Green Party MP Marama Davidson participated in the “Women’s Peace Boat” to Gaza, whose purported aim was to break the blockade and highlight Gaza’s humanitarian issues. Ms Davidson and her Kia Ora Gaza-facilitated mission was covered on at least three occasions by Te Karere, a Maori language news and current affairs programme broadcast by New Zealand’s state-owned television broadcaster TVNZ. Her subsequent detention by Israel, in anticipation of which Ms Davidson had pre-recorded an emotionally-charged statement about the “Israeli oppression forces” taking the group “hostage” and “kidnapping” it, garnered political reactions and extensive media attention.  Read more »


McCully’s payoff?

I wonder if Murray McCully’s betrayal of Israel at the United Nations Security Council is related to this news:

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan bestowed the Order of Zayed II (First Class) on Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.   Read more »

Why is Bill English still running interference for Murray McCully?

Winston Peters is holding Murray McCully to account, via Bill English.

Bill English may think this is a bit of a joke, but he knows that several large donors don’t think the same as him and have shut their wallets to National.

Prime Minister Bill English has confirmed Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully did not have approval from cabinet to support a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution criticising Israel, says New Zealand First.   Read more »

Another big donation for National, none for Labour yet

National has scored another big donation, again from Stone Shi.

The National Party has received another $50,000 from the head of milk exporter Oravida, which was once caught up in a conflict of interest claim.

Oravida’s founder Deyi (Stone) Shi made the donation earlier this month.

Shi’s company, which also exports wine, seafood, freshwater and meat to China, has close ties to National. Former National Prime Minister Jenny Shipley is the chairwoman and director David Wong-Tung is the husband of Revenue Minister Judith Collins.

Collins came under pressure over her links to Oravida in 2014 after she met with Shi and a Chinese border official while on a ministerial visit to China, weeks after Oravida had lobbied the Government about difficulties in getting its products into China. Read more »

Nazi take on Israel


More information on McCully’s betrayal of Israel

More information is coming out via non-traditional media about the utter betrayal of Israel by Murray McCully, Bill English and the National party.

Media reported in the most gushing way possible, by Audrey Young and Richard Harman, about the back-slapping that went on after we stabbed Israel. Now more details from the same address to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs have emerged that have been ignored by New Zealand media more intent on the back-slapping than the devious nature by which McCully achieved his trophy “peace in our time” resolution.

Shalom.Kiwi reveals the utter contempt for our rules, laws and processes that McCully has shown.

Questions about New Zealand’s involvement in the passing of the Resolution were raised this week by Winston Peters in parliament. Peters asked Gerry Brownlee, standing in for the Foreign Minister, whether the resolution had been put before cabinet. Brownlee obfuscated for five minutes or more and failed to answer the question, but he gave the impression that it did not go to cabinet, as procedure demands.

While it’s still something of a mystery how much the New Zealand government knew about the genesis and passing of Resolution 2334, a talk on 9 March 2017 by Gerard van Bohemen to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs shed light on some diplomatic maneuverings on this issue and showed how New Zealand was a driving force behind the anti-Israel resolution.

From the start of New Zealand’s term on the Council, Foreign Minister McCully made it clear that he wanted to have a resolution on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, as van Bohemen explained:

This was Mr McCully’s test to me. He said, if the Security Council is going to mean anything, surely it can table some action on one of the world’s most intractable long-standing conflicts, surely it can say something, even a little something on the Middle East.”     –Gerard van Bohemen   Read more »

The Rebel in Israel: Mission accomplished