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Paratrooper To Discuss 'Operation Thunderbolt' In Woodcliff Lake

Sassy Reuven.
Sassy Reuven. Photo Credit: Valley Chabad

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – The public is invited to a lecture about one of the greatest hostage rescues in Jewish history, presented by Eternal Flame Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton.

Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces, will give a first-hand account of the 1976 "Operation Thunderbolt.” During the terror-filled years of 1973-76, he served in the IDF's elite Red Beret paratrooper unit and participated in several covert operations.

In July of 1976, Reuven participated in the Entebbe counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission, flying thousands of miles over enemy territory to rescue Jewish hostages being held by terrorists in Uganda. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one was killed. All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed.

Reuven will share his personal experience, step-by-step from the moment he was called to duty, including the preparation for the mission, landing in Uganda and completing the mission behind enemy lines.

The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are discounted at $18 and are available at Eternalflame.org/Entebbe or by phone at 201-476-0157. Tickets at the door will be $20.

Eternal Flame is a project of Valley Chabad and the George & Martha Rich Foundation .

The Hilton Woodcliff Lake is at 200 Tice Blvd.

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