35 years since Lt.-Col. Netanyahu died in Entebbe rescue

July 8, 2011 21:14


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A memorial ceremony to commemorate 35 years since Lt.-Col. Yoni Netanyahu fell during the operation to free hostages at Entebbe, Uganda was held  Friday at the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.

President Shimon Peres, the fallen soldier's brother Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the latter's wife Sara, his other brother Ido Netanyahu, father Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino were among those in attendence.

Prof. Netanyahu recited the Kaddish prayer during the ceremony at his son's grave, during which Psalms and eulogies were also said.  Yair, Avner, Yael and Yoav Netanyahu laid the family wreath. 

Following the ceremony, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife and children lit a memorial candle.

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