Netanyahu Forms Grand Coalition 40 Years To-the-Day from His Heroic Participation in ‘Operation Isotope’

Bibi’s surprise move today solidifies 
political ground for pending attack on Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu is congratulated by former Israeli President
Zalman Shazar during a ceremony honoring the elite commandos who
rescued the hostages from the Sabena Flight 571.


On May 8th 1972 -forty years ago today- the Israeli government faced a volatile hostage situation at Lod Airport (now Ben Gurion) outside Tel Aviv-

Belgian-flagged Sabena flight 571 had departed smoothly from Vienna, yet twenty minutes after takeoff two male and two female Black September terrorists (of ’72 Munich Olympics massacre fame) had hijacked the plane. Fortunately their attempts to penetrate the pilot’s cabin were repulsed, and a brilliantly clever pilot named Reginald Levy managed to occupy and soothe the terrorists with diversionary chat over the craft’s loudspeaker system until landing safely in Israel.

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan had already received the pilot’s distress signals, but while acting out ‘negotiations’ with Black September the wily Dayan was actually planning a military solution dubbed Operation Isotope.


Once on the tarmac, Black September demands that 315 Palestinian prisoners then in Israeli jails be released were backed-up by samples of their explosives being walked-out by Captain Levy so negotiators could see that threats to blow-up the plane were indeed genuine. Passengers by all accounts were freaking-out by this point.

The ‘technicians’ board Sabena 571

But it didn’t take long for a team of 16 elite Sayeret Matkal commandos to approach the plane disguised as ground-crew in white coveralls. They convinced the Palestinians that the plane was in dire need of maintenance, boarded (above), and within a span of ten minutes had killed the two male terrorists while arresting the women.

Participating in the raid were not one but two future Israeli Prime Ministers, Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu. Unlike the United States today, these are the caliber of men that Israelis view as leadership material.


Today of course PM Netanyahu faces a far larger threat, and indeed an existential one… the possibility of 7th-Century barbarians in Tehran going nuclear. But now that you know what he’s made of, what’s the chance of that ever happening on Bibi’s watch, ya think?

Since he’s already schooled recalcitrant ‘ally’ Obama repeatedly -and has got him on the electoral ropes now– Netanyahu today has made the necessary domestic moves by cancelling recently planned September elections and pivoting to form a government of national unity with center-left Kadima. Clearly the Israeli PM made a deal that will enable -not restrain- his ability to call for an all-out attack on Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas… and all while the Syrian military is preoccupied with clinging to power in Demascus:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a revamped coalition government on Tuesday, forming a broad alliance with the chief opposition party that could free his hand to take action on peace with the Palestinians and decide whether to attack Iran.

In a stunning reversal, Netanyahu called off plans to hold early parliamentary elections and struck an agreement with the rival Kadima Party. Netanyahu now presides over a coalition with 94 seats in the 120-member parliament, one of the broadest governments in Israeli history.

Netanyahu and Kadima’s leader, Shaul Mofaz, appeared together at a midday news conference, saying their alliance would bring much-needed stability to Israeli politics. They promised close cooperation on Iran and expressed hope that long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians would resume, though signs of differences on the Palestinian issue quickly surfaced…
More at CSM

How do you say ‘duck and cover’ in Persian, anyway?


Cross-posted at Reaganite Republican


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  • Bibi is sneaky but that is expected of officers (and enlisted) of the IDF, especially the Sayeret Matkal. All indications in Israel was that Likud was to gain almost double the seats in the Knesset that they already have, so not having an election is just plain crazy.

    UNLESS…Bibi needs a stable government behind him as he attacks Iran. The window of opportunity is fast closing and if an attack is to be successful, then it has to be done by July 1. Afterward the Iranians will have gotten their nuclear facilities secured.

    It is going to be an interesting summer to say the least. Will Obama support Israel or the Arabs?

  • I say he strikes in 30-60 days, and for most of the reasons you mention, Findalis

    As for Obama, I expect him to not be able to oppose or restrain Israel… but he’s not going to do anything for the other side, no way

    But if he got himself re-elected anything’s possible, and Bibi knows that too

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  • Thank you for sharing the story.

  • Viktorija

    ” Unlike the United States today, these are the caliber of men that Israelis view as leadership material.”

    I agree with you. These people know how it is to give themselves for the better of the majority. It is really rare to find people of this caliber in the United States.

    • By necessity, I would think

      That country enjoys almost ZERO margin for error, and not just in military decisions. For one, if they ran deficits like we do they’d already be done-for.

      Competent management is a necessity for Israel, they can’t afford a to vote like a TV talent show as the US did last time

      • Now you’re talking. . .what a F-up government the United States is at this time under the Obama Regime of Socialist Pigs. The Right hand is CLUELESS as to what the Left Under Handed SOB’S are doing. Israel is far above our country in military strategy, strength, and it’s a no brainer for them to be IN THE KNOW about Iran, unlike Obama the stupid Muslim Usurper. Get this, Obama even goes on Jimmy Fallon TV show to show off, looking even more adolescent and stupid. What an example to portray to the world as our POTUS!
        Disgusting – Disgraceful – Degrading – Delusional – Disdainful

  • Claire

    I agree with you. These people know how it is to give themselves for the better of the majority. Thanks for sharing your post.

  • Ella

    Competent management is a necessity for Israel, they can’t afford a to vote like a TV talent show as the US did last time. Thanks that you’ve shared.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    If Obama can be persuaded by Bill Clinton to do anything, he might be persuaded to tell the Iraqi and Saudi governments to leak the news that landing and refueling rights have been granted to the Israeli government. Even if it costs millions of dollars or it’s just a fake, that kind of news leak would scare the living jeepers out of Iran. Pulling strings is kinda fun and heck, it’s for a good cause. Betcha Iran agrees to inspections right quick, I do.