Ella Littwitz

Untitled (Entebbe), 2010


A prominent myth within Israeli history is Operation Thunderbolt/ Operation Entebbe.

On June 27, 1976 a Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked on the way from Israel to Paris by Palestinian and German terrorists. The hijackers landed in Entebbe, Uganda, where all non-Jewish passengers were freed. Israel tried to develop a dialogue with Ugandan President Idi Amin, who collaborated with the terrorists. A list of demands was received from the terrorists, calling for the release of 53 convicted terrorists imprisoned in Israel, France, Germany, Switzerland and Kenya. If their demands were not met, the terrorists threatened to blow up the plane and its passengers.

The operation took place at night, as Israeli transport planes carried 100 elite commandos over 4,000 km to Uganda. A black Mercedes was used as a decoy, being a replica of Amin’s car.


A search for the Mercedes from the operation has led to two cars, both claiming to be the original:

"No Vestige of a Beginning, No Prospect of an End"

Untitled (Mercedes), 2010


On 1982 the Israeli Defence Forces  took a fleet of Mercedes from Lebanon as war booty. For years the Mercedes used the IDF for many special needs although until recently Israel made a principle decision not to purchase or use German manufactured cars.