July 2012 was a difficult month for the Israeli people. A terror attack on a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, killed five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver, and injured dozens more. This month also marked the daring rescue operation at Entebbe in 1976, as well as the prisoner exchange in which the bodies of IDF soldiers Sergeants First Class Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were returned by Hezbollah.
During July, 22 rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.
This July marked the 36th anniversary of Operation Entebbe — a military operation in which the IDF rescued the Israeli hostages who were aboard a hijacked plane that was flown to Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976. Read the full interview with the chief pilot of the operation, Brig. Gen. (res.) Joshua Shani.
Terrorists in the Gaza Strip opened fire at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. No civilians were hurt, but an empty car carrying a baby seat was damaged — luckily, the baby wasn’t in the car at the time.
July 18: Terror Attack at Bulgarian Airport
Six were killed and dozens injured at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, after a suicide bomber detonated on a tour bus carrying Israeli tourists. The IDF sent a medial team to the scene and brought the wounded home to Israel. Unfortunately, this terror attack was not the only one planned this week by terror organizations.
This July marked six years since the start of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, which was sparked by Hezbollah’s cross-border raid from Lebanon and the kidnapping of Sergeants First Class Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. It was also the anniversary of the prisoner exchange deal in which the bodies of the two soldiers were recovered two years later. The IDF remembers and salutes its fallen soldiers.
In light of the situation in Syria IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said today that it is uncertain Syria’s chemical weapons will remain in “safe hands.” “I believe the weapons are currently secured and so far haven’t reached negative hands- this doesn’t mean they will remain secured. There is a risk the weapons will be used against civilians, transferred to Hezbollah, etc. We will continue tracking this,”
While much of the world was watching the Olympics last weekend, seven rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. More than 40,000 people shared this post on Facebook: