(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) “Yoni, my beloved brother, hero of Israel, I miss you every day,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at a memorial ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem that marked the 39th anniversary of the death of Lt. Col. Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu, the Sayeret Matkal (IDF General Staff Reconnaissance Unit) commander who was killed during the famous Entebbe counterterrorist hostage-rescue operation in 1976.
Tuesday’s ceremony was attended by the prime minister, his wife Sara, and his brother Iddo, as well as other members of the Netanyahu family. Also present were Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and many other political and defense officials.
Benjamin and Iddo Netanyahu recited the mourner’s prayer over the grave of their late older brother. Mossad intelligence agency chief Tamir Pardo, who was Yoni Netanyahu’s radio operator during the Entebbe operation, spoke at the ceremony, as did Sara Guter Davidson, one of the hostages freed at Entebbe.