Documents recently made public by the British government reveal that Israel played a direct role in the notorious hijacking of an Air France plane to Idi Amin?s Entebbe in 1976 and cooperated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in staging the event remembered today as ?the Entebbe Incident.?
In documents recently released and now sitting in the National Archives in London, D.H. Colvin?a British diplomat working in Paris?wrote that, according to sources he knew, ?the hijacking was the work of the PFLP, with help from the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet.?
?The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO?s standing in France? and to prevent a ?growing rapprochement between the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) and the Americans,? he said.
Worth considering as today's events in Mumbai unfold.