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Documentary Reflects on Israeli War Hero Yoni Netanyahu

By Jspace Staff on 11/8/2011 at 11:10 AM

Categories: Israel, United States, Entertainment

Documentary Reflects on Israeli War Hero Yoni Netanyahu

On July 4, 1976, 100 Israeli commandos traveled to the Entebbe Airport in Uganda under cover of darkness to embark on one of the most daring special forces operations in history. The counter-terrorist mission was successful in recovering the Israeli passengers of Air France flight 139 who had been held hostage since their plane was hijacked on June 27. All of the hijackers were killed, five commandos were wounded, and only one died. Commander Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu was killed during the action.

A new documentary examines the life of the current Israeli Prime Minister’s older brother. Directed by Jewish-American Ari Daniel Pinchot, “Follow Me” shows how Yoni agonized over the killings he committed as a combat soldier, and wrote a letter confessing his desire to end his military career just days before the Entebbe mission. “Stop the world, I want to get off,” the letter stated.

The film uses archival photos and footage, together with interviews of Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Yoni’s ex-wife Tuti Goodman to piece together the life of this fallen hero. “Follow Me” will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in January 2012.