Today marks not only United States’ independence but also the anniversary of the 1976 Israeli special forces raid that freed more than 100 Israeli hostages held by the PLO in Entebbe, Uganda.

As Professor Jacobson noted in 2010, it was in this raid that Prime Minister Netanyhu, then a graduate student studying in the US, lost his brother Yonatan who had led the raid and secured the safety of all but three of the hostages and all of the Israeli operatives under his command.  A truly astonishing accomplishment.  Be sure to check out the video of the heroes of Entebbe 35 years later included in the prof’s 2011 post.

Following is the Military Channel’s documentary on the Entebbe raid and is well worth watching all the way through:

The heroic actions of the Israeli forces this day in 1976 deserve recognition, and Twitter is abuzz with commemorations: