The intelligence part of the assassination was overseen by the Mossad, and the operational side was carried out by Sayeret Matkal
," the paper said.
"The chief military rabbinate long ago broke barriers and turned the IDF's activity from fighting out of necessity into a holy war," Vilan, who served 30 years ago in the army's elite Sayeret Matkal
commando unit with Binyamin Netanyahu, now prime minister, told Haaretz.
Yonatan "Yoni" Netanyahu, commander of the elite and secretive Sayeret Matkal
special forces unit, was killed there leading the long-range airborne raid on Entebbe on July 4, 1976, to rescue hostages aboard a hijacked Air France Airbus.
Although Israel had a unit within its police force (the"Yamam") that was specifically trained to deal with hostage events, Chief of Staff Moshe Levy "arbitrarily" called on Sayeret Matkal
, a reconnaissance unit within the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), to conduct the rescue operation.
Pardo served in an elite unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Sayeret Matkal
, in the 1970s alongside Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of Benjamin who was killed in Entebbe.
Yoni Netanyahu, his elder by three years, served in Israel's elite Sayeret Matkal
unit, and was killed in 1976 during the rescue of a hijacked aircraft.
Netanyahu served with current Defense Minister Ehud Barak in the ultra-elite Israeli commando unit, Sayeret Matkal
, participating in the Sabena plane hostage rescue.
In 1969, Ayalon was decorated with the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest award, for his conduct in Operation Bulmus 6- the assault on fortified Green Island, Egypt (jointly with Sayeret Matkal
The Israeli deep reconnaissance and intelligence teams of Sayeret Matkal
were created in 1957 but evolved into counterterrorism in the 1970s based on the model of the British SAS.
Undoubtedly the most daring attack by Mossad, undertaken jointly with Sayeret Matkal
and naval commandos, was a raid carried out in the heart of Beirut on April 9, 1973.
Soldiers from the army's top commando unit, Sayeret Matkal
, were to beflown into Iraq to carry out the mission.
The Sayeret Matkal
, also known as Unit 262, is Israel's fearsome special operations squad with a history of assassinations and the theft of foreign signals-intelligence materials and nuclear weaponry.
Three hostages -- Jean-Jacques Maimoni, Pasco Cohen, and Ida Borochovitch -- were killed in the rescue, as was Yoni Netanyahu, the leader of the IDF's elite Sayeret Matkal
commando unit and brother to future Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
A veteran of Sayeret Matkal
, the IDF's most elite unit, Danny didn't think twice before getting up and trying to tackle the terrorist.