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Last week the Netanyahu cabinet passed a $13 million plan to strengthen economic links and cooperation with African countries.
Shai Ish-Shalom, an Israeli commando from the fabled Sayeret Matkal unit, participated in the daring Entebbe rescue operation 40 years ago this week. He joins Yishai at the Caliber 3 anti-terror tactical school in Gush Etzion. Shai is one of the people who have made the Israeli security and military establishment world famous - don't miss this interview. But first, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai on Spiritual Cafe to discuss the mutiny within the ranks of the Levites. What did Korach "take"? And how can a mere flower signal a time of peace and God's eternal connection to the children of Israel?
Yishai takes issue with statements made by former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who called Israel “forged and temporary.” Yishai says that while Iran is a repressed society in which democratic aspirations are quashed, Israel is a beacon of human rights with proven historic staying-power. But, he warns, Israel needs to keep hitting that concept home. Then, Yishai is joined by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan for a lightning news wrap: Six Arab-Israeli teachers in the Negev have been found to be ISIS-supporters; the budget is being delayed; IDF service is being shortened; and more. Finally, Yishai is joined by super-IDF-soldier Shai Ish Shalom, who remembers the hostage-rescue operation at Entebbe in 1976, recalling the precision-fighting during the fateful moments of the raid. VOI’s Judy Balint joins in to recount the last official commemoration ceremony of the raid, called Operation Thunderbolt/Yonatan, held in 2001.
Yom HaZikaron has been a day for the prime minister to reflect on a recording of his brother Yoni's voice.