The other “Philadelphia Story” — Commemorating Israel’s Fight for Freedom

cThe US Democratic Convention plays out in Philadelphia, in the symbolically laden birthplace of American democracy.

In Israel “Philadelphia Freedom” was invoked two weeks’ prior on the solemn hills of Jerusalem, to Prime Minister Netanyahu and an entourage of Israeli leadership.

Gathered at the gravesite of Entebbe Rescue Hero Yoni Netanyahu on Mt. Herzl on Tuesday evening, July 12, 2016, were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and family, including brother Iddo Netanyahu, who is the author, playwright, and chronicler of brother Yoni and his role as national hero. Also in attendance were President Reuven Rivlin, former President Shimon Peres and a host of other Israeli top leaders.

Speaking to the assembled on behalf of the rescued Entebbe hostages was Benny Davidson, 53, who forty years ago was anticipating an exciting family “Bar Mitzvah” trip to tour the US, when their Air France plane was diverted for a week of incarceration and anticipated doom in Uganda.

Read the full story in The Times of Israel.