The Legacy of the Munich Massacre and Israel’s Response

September 15, 2020 | Francine Klagsbrun and Ronen Bergman
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On September 5, 1972, during the Munich Olympics, a Palestinian group connected to Yasir Arafat’s PLO took hostage eleven members of the Israeli team—murdering two of them immediately and the rest during a botched West German rescue operation. In response, then-Prime Minister Golda Meir gave the Mossad the go-ahead to hunt down and eliminate the terrorists responsible for the attack, in what would become one of the agency’s most storied operations. The PLO subsequently ceased engaging in terrorism in Europe. Speaking first with Golda Meir’s foremost biographer Francine Klagsbrun and then with the Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, David Makovsky delves into the massacre’s significance, and that of the Jewish state’s response. (Audio 34 minutes.)

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