The Pros And Cons Of Operation Thunderbolt

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On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, founded on the Zionist Movement, which supports the creation of a Jewish homeland. Directly after this declaration of independence, numerous Arab nations made it clear that they would go to extreme lengths to prevent the establishment of the Jewish state. A coalition of four Arab countries - Egypt, Syria, Trans-Jordan and Iraq - and Palestinian forces immediately attacked Israel, in what became known as the Palestinian War. Numerous wars followed and continue to, up until the present day. Apart from constant conflict with the Arab nations, Israel had also been the victim of unrelenting terrorist attacks, both within its borders and against her citizens throughout the world.…show more content…
The need not only to save the hostages, but also to end this cycle of terrorism, was clear, and hence a mission such as Operation Thunderbolt would both liberate the hostages as well as act as deterrence to future terrorist attacks. Hence this mission may also be viewed as a reaction to all terrorist attacks on Israel in the past and not only a reaction to this event alone. Therefore when looking at the context of this event, a powerful strike back mission, such as Operation Thunderbolt, can be viewed as a necessary step in order to act as a deterrence to any future acts of terrorism. This mission was meticulously planned and incredibly well thought-out and therefore, can by no means be seen to be a rash or impulsive action. The element of surprise, the rapid speed of the mission as well as the lethal force implemented were all essential aspects to ensure the success of the mission. Therefore it can be seen that Israel’s actions with regards to the raid on Entebbe, otherwise known as Operation Thunderbolt, were wholly…show more content…
Israel was justified in their aims to demonstrate to the world that they will do whatever they deem necessary in order to protect their people, they aimed to prove to the world that they were capable of self-defence, and were by no means submissive or compliant in the face of terrorism and hence were justified in adopting such a radical stance in order to ensure the future safety of the country and its citizens by discouraging any future acts of terror, they also aimed (and managed) to save the lives of over 100 innocent people and to show that they have no tolerance for terrorism against their nation. Therefore, although taking into account some of the reasons why their actions may be viewed as questionable, it is nevertheless overwhelmingly clear that Israel had to “meet

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