St Annes: Account of The Entebbe Raid

A First Hand Account of The Entebbe Raid by Rami Sherman

Presented by St Annes Hebrew Congregation

On 4th July 1976, Israeli Commandos took part in a rescue, now known as Operation Entebbe, which became known as one of the most astonishing military missions ever seen, and is one of the proudest events in Israel’s history.

Rami Sherman was a hero of that raid, and I am immensely proud that he will be visiting our synagogue in St Annes to give us his account of those remarkable events, over 40 years ago, which those of us of a certain age remember so well and which has been the subject of at least two films.

This gives us a unique, and probably never to be repeated opportunity, to hear, at first hand, the amazing story of the rescue.

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Rami Sherman

Rami Sherman was born on 4 April 1953. His parents were Holocaust survivors and came to Israel in 1945.
Rami grew up on Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, which is in the north of the country and was on the Syrian border
until the Six Day War in 1967. He was educated in the Kibbutz system.

In 1972, Rami enlisted to the army and was accepted into an elite unit, which today is allowed to be named –
Sayeret Matkal (the Chief of Staff’s Special Forces). He successfully finished the combat soldier course and
was sent to Officers School in order to return and receive command on a squad within the unit.
In 1976, when an Air France place was hijacked and rerouted to Entebbe, Rami was the Operations Officer of
the unit, under the command of Yoni Netanyahu z”l.

In his capacity as Operations Officer of the unit, he was in involved throughout the week, preparing the unit for
the Operation.

Among other things, he coordinated between the unit and Dan Shomron, the Commander of the Operation, and
the coordination required between the unit and the Israeli Air Force.
Within the Operation, Rami was part of the 33 officers and soldiers who freed the hostages at the Entebbe
terminal. He arrived with the first Hercules that landed in the airport, and was in the car that was driving behind
the famous Mercedes.

After Yoni Netanyahu was injured, he drove him to the Hercules, where a team of medical professionals were
waiting, but unfortunately they could not save Yoni’s life.
Later, Rami was the commander who led the rescued hostages to the Hercules.
Upon returning to Israel Rami continued to server in the unit and was a Special Operations Commander until 1980.

After he was released from active duty, he helped establish the reserves unit.
At age 50 he was released from doing reserve service.

Rami is married, has two daughters and is grandfather to five grandchildren.
In 1990 Rami finished his studies in physiotherapy, at the University of Tel Aviv, and has since worked as a physiotherapist in various positions including being physiotherapist for the Israeli Olympic team.

In 1993, Rami and his family moved to Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, where they still live today.

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