08.07.2011 06.Tammus, 5771
Grapevine: 35 years after Entebbe
A survivor visits Peres, Australians remember Frank Stein, and the Ofers redirect their presents.
Hardly a day passes without some news-related reference to the plight of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, who receives empathy from people who have been in similar situations. One such person is Shai Gross, who on the Fourth of July arrived at Beit Hanassi with two of his four children.
The visit coincided with the 35th anniversary of the audacious Entebbe rescue operation. Gross was six years old at the time, yet 35 years later, the events of his harrowing days as a hostage are still etched in his mind, and not a day goes by in which he does not think about what Schalit has been experiencing for five long years….