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  • Sasson  (Sassy) is a veteran of the  Israeli Defense Force , who served in the IDF's elite "Red Beret" paratrooper unit. He has participated in several covert operations in Israel's mighty struggle with those who seek to destroy it and the Jewish people. 

    Operation  Raid on Entebbe  was a counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976.

    A week earlier, on June 27, 1976, the  Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)  and the  German Revolutionary Cell (CZ) , hijacked an Air France plane with 248 passengers in route to Paris from Tel Aviv, Israel. The hijackers rerouted the plane to Entebbe, Uganda, where the local government and dictator  Idi Amin  supported the terrorists. While many of the non-Jewish hostages were released, more than 100 Israeli and Jewish passengers remained. The non-Jewish pilot,  Captain Bacos , and his crew, choose to stay behind with the hostages. The hijackers threatened to kill the hostages if their demands to release 58 detained terrorists were not met. This threat led directly to the rescue operation  Raid on Entebbe .

    While on duty in the Golan Heights Sassy was called to take part in the  Raid on Entebbe . On July 3rd and 4th 1976, Sassy, along with the members of his elite unit, flew through the night in hostile territory from Israel to Entebbe, Uganda to free the hostages. Sassy was among the first solider to jump out of the  Hercules C130  transport aircraft as it slowly taxied on the Entebbe airport runway. His story takes you through the preparation of the mission, to its completion with the safe return of the hostages to Israel.

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