Israel was Behind Entebbe Hijacking

1 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Israel was Behind Entebbe Hijacking</h1><p>June 1, 2007 (LPAC)--Recently released British Foreign Office documents revealed that at least one source claimed Israel was behind the 1976 hijacking of an Air France airliner by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. This led to the famous Entebbe raid in Uganda, by the Israeli army. The purpose of this operation, said the source, was to prevent the growing rapprochement between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the United States.</p><p>According to a report in the <em>BBC</em> , the document was written in the midst of the crisis on June 30, 1976, by one David Hugh Colvin of the British Embassy, who received the information from one of his sources.</p><p>"According to his information," Colvin wrote, " the hijacking was the work of the PFLP, with help from the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Beit." He add, "The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO's standing in France and to prevent what they see as a growing rapprochement between the PLO and the Americans. My contact said the PFLP had attracted all sorts of wild elements, some of whom had been planted by the Israelis."</p><p>The only Israeli soldier killed was Jonathan Netanyahu, the brother of Benjamin Netanyahu. Three hostages died as well as up to 20 Ugandans. All the hijackers were killed in the Israeli attack that freed the hostages at Entebbe airport, so there are no evidence was left behind.</p><p>David Huge Colvin was a professional foreign service officer and former British Ambassador to Belgium. In 2004 he was one of 52 former British Ambassadors and foreign service officers who signed an open letter critical of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Iraq policy.</p></div></body>