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A source of satisfaction

When surveyed about what aspects of their lives give them happiness most people cite such reasons as family and friends, a decently paid job, or interesting hobbies. Sorin Hershko may have some or all of those. I don’t know. But in addition to any other sources of satisfaction he also has this:

40 years on, child hostages look back on Entebbe raid.

But the most emotional part of the day at the Peres Center, for most of the former hostages, came from the chance to reunite with Sorin Hershko, the IDF soldier who became a quadriplegic from an injury sustained during the operation and who was on hand to witness the celebration and receive an honorary certificate from the Peres Center for his bravery and heroism.

“After 40 years to see the children, to see the kids…”

Hershko said, trailing off, a broad smile on his face.

“I still them call children, despite the fact that they are all grown up and have families and their own children.

For me it is very important to see them and I am very satisfied that they are all here and well.”

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21 comments to A source of satisfaction

  • Gene

    It is always bracing and valuable, in these times when the merest reduction in EU subsidies is the occasion for the rending of garments and hysterical claims of brutality, to be reminded of what real hardship and heroism look like.

  • shlomo maistre

    Beautiful.

    Operation Entebbe was one of Israel’s finest moments.

    To me it is probably the third best moment in Israel’s history, with Operation Opera at number two and Operation Focus at number one.

  • Snorri Godhi

    Shlomo: Entebbe was one of the finest moments for all of humankind.

    It is right to celebrate people like Sorin Hershko, and try to contribute to his life satisfaction. However, we also have to accept that, for most people, the greatest sense of achievement comes from making money and raising children, and there is nothing wrong with that: it is better to live in a world with limited demand for heroes.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Natalie, thank you.

  • Rob

    I wonder what Corbyn & Co think of Entebbe.

  • Rob

    From Wikipedia:

    “thirty (some[who?] say 11)[4][5] Soviet-built MiG-17s and MiG-21s of Uganda’s air force were destroyed.” (in the raid).

    Ouch. Bet Amin had second thoughts after that.

  • I wonder what Corbyn & Co think of Entebbe.

    Damn those uppity jooooooooooooos for saving their hostages! Or something to that effect.

  • Paul Marks

    Yes indeed – it was a wonderful victory of good over evil.

  • Brian Swisher

    Don’t forget- the raid’s commander and only KIA was Yonatan Netanyahu, Binyamin’s older brother.

  • jsallison

    Good to remember.

  • Jacob

    “the greatest sense of achievement comes from making money and raising children”

    The greatest sense of achievement comes from performing some job well – writing a cool piece of software, producing a nice gadget, developing some new medicine, running a good business, writing a nice story, etc.
    Making money is good, but secondary to the “sense of achievement”. It would be wrong to imply that making money is the essential component of a sense of achievement.

  • lucklucky

    “I wonder what Corbyn & Co think of Entebbe.”

    Sad because Israel did kill some of is terrorist friends and continued the tradition of Western World.

  • Mr Ed

    Mr Netanyahu has been to Entebbe for the 40th anniversary of the rescue.

    In Entebbe, the prime minister said: “I learned from my brother that you need two things to defeat the terrorists: clarity and courage.”
    “When terrorism succeeds in one place it spreads to other places, and when terrorism is defeated anywhere it is weakened everywhere. This is why Entebbe… was a victory for all humanity.”

    Unlike Israel’s support for Argentina in 1982, but perfection is denied us all.

  • Alisa

    Unlike Israel’s support for Argentina in 1982, but perfection is denied us all.

    Indeed, especially as there is a vast difference between a country (in this case Israel – in which Bibi did not even reside at the time, IIRC), and it’s government.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Alisa, lot of that going around. :>(

  • Alisa

    Of course Julie – and yet it still needs pointing out.

  • Mr Ed

    especially as there is a vast difference between a country (in this case Israel – in which Bibi did not even reside at the time, IIRC), and it’s government.

    Same with Gaza?

    Is that always a helpful distinction, e.g. Germany 1939?

  • Snorri Godhi

    there is a vast difference between a country (in this case Israel – in which Bibi did not even reside at the time, IIRC), and it’s government.

    Indeed; though, in my view, Israelis need not distance themselves from their government; not much, anyway.
    In view of recent events, it is also important to remember that there is an even more vast difference between the EU and the people of the member states.

  • Alisa

    though, in my view, Israelis need not distance themselves from their government; not much, anyway.

    Of course not, not from the current one, and at least not on foreign policy (for the most part). However, I don’t see what the current electorate of Israel and its current government have to do with the decisions made by Israel’s government of 1982.

    Is that always a helpful distinction

    Of course not.

    e.g. Germany 1939?

    Wasn’t alive then, so no idea, frankly.

    Same with Gaza?

    Which Gaza, that of 1982, that of 2016, or that of 1939?

  • Mr Ed

    Evasion, doesn’t help.

  • Alisa

    Feel free to elucidate as to evasion of what.