'I'm not a hero'

MAKING FRIENDS: Rami Sherman, fourth left, with members of Merseyside Friends of Israel and some Christian friends and supporters

ISRAELI soldier Rami Sherman told the Merseyside Friends of Israel that he is not a hero, but just "doing my duty to Israel and saving other Jews".

Rami told the audience at King David Campus on Wednesday about his involvement in Operation Thunderbolt, to free the hostages held at Entebbe airport in 1976

He was born in 1953 to Holocaust survivor parents and lives on Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan.

He served for eight years in the Israeli Military Elite Secret Unit and completed his military service at the rank of major.

He also served as operations officer to Yoni Netanyahu, who died in the daring rescue at Entebbe.

Rami was in the first plane that landed at the Ugandan airport in July, 1976 and was in the second car that drove to where the hostages were held.

He took Netanyahu back to the air ambulance when he was injured.

Rami with Year 9 pupils at King David High School

Rami stated that the "real heroes" for the operation were then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres (then Minister of Defence) and Motta Gur (Commander of the General Staff).

MFoI chairman Elise Beilin introduced the speaker.

"What an honour, pleasure and privilege it was for all of us to hear Rami's story," she said.

Elise added that MFoI, together with the Merseyside and wider Jewish communities, will commemorate 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem on Yom Yerushalayim, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 120 years since the first Zionist congress was convened and chaired by Theodore Herzl.

Rami also addressed Year Nine students at King David High School.

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