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Two books have now been written on the daring raid which rescued 103 hijack hostages from Entebbe Airport on July 3, 1976. Numerous interviews and official explanations have been given, yet the puzzle remains.
How did the Israeli rescue mission manage to ELUDE the radar of six nations lying beneath or alongside the flight path, including that of Uganda?
The answer to the Entebbe mystery may lie with a 64-year-old Canadian appliance repairman and heart patient.
The first hint of Sid Hurwich's connection with the raid filtered out last June at a ceremony in Toronto's Besh Tzedec synagogue, where Hurwich was presented with the award of Protectors of the State of Israel on behalf of the Zionist Organization of Canada for a secret military device he had given Israel SEVEN YEARS EARLIER.
Six weeks later an item appeared in the Tornont Star linking the Hurwich device to the raid on Entebbe. The wire services picked it up and the story took off round the world.
The most DETAILED ACCOUNT appeared in FOREIGN REPORT (we would LOVE A COPY OF THIS ARTICLE at KEELYNET!, HINT, HINT!), a confidential diplomatic journal produced by England's prestigious ECONOMIST magazine.
In an unsigned article apparently based on Israeli sources, the publication reports that "all that could be learned officially was that [Hurwich's] invention had been used in the Israeli raid at Entebbe last year."
The idea for the Hurwich ray came to him one evening in 1969 as he read about a rash of robberies from bank night-deposit vaults. "It just clicked what to do," Hurwich says. "I picked up the phone to the police - I knew a lot of the boys - and I told them I think I can stop those thieveries in about half an hour."
Hurwich went to work in his basement with $50 worth of spare parts, and within a week had assembled a working model to test his theory. Inspector Bill Bolton, then head of the police hold-up squad, assembled police and bank security officials at Hurwich's home. "All I can recall," says Bolton "is that it was under the table - the device, whatever it was - and there was a bedspread over the table. He FROZE MY SERVICE REVOLVER! You COULDN'T PULL THE TRIGGER, you COULDN'T LIFT IT UP OFF THE TABLE and even on the table, you COULDN'T PULL THE TRIGGER."
Hurwich continues: "And then I said 'Now take a look at your watches.'" I remember one of them said, "When did this happen?" and I said, "The minute you walked through that door. You walked in there about 25 minutes ago. Now look at your watches. You're late about 25 minutes." - (Most commonly available watches at that time used flywheels on jeweled bearings, in other words, if gravity goes through it, it will be affected....>>> Jerry)
As the security officers filed out of his home, Hurwich's wife overheard one of them suggest that the army should be told about the device. "That was the first time it ever entered my mind for war or army purposes or anything like that," Hurwich says. He went back to work in his basement.
When he felt the device was ready he contacted a brother living in Israel. Hurwich had never been to Israel himself but he felt "they needed it more than anybody, what with the Arabs saying they'd push everyone into the sea." Hurwich received a visit shortly afterward from two high-ranking Israeli officers.
After a brief demonstration they walked out with the working model and every plan and design Hurwich had. - (Small enough to carry by hand?) Hurwich insists his device is not really an invention.
Originally posted by ultra_phoenix
So, Israel know how to elude radars ? They don't need any stealth aircrafts then.