Ehud Barak

Ehud BarakIn retaliation for the murder of the 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic games, the IDF planned to assassinate those PLO leaders responsible. Ehud Barak was then a commander of a Sayeret Matkal, special ops Israeli commando unit.


The targets were the Operations Leader of Black September, the Operations Chief of the PLO and its Spokesman, all living in west Beirut at the time. The commandos departed Haifa port in a missile boat up the Mediterranean coast towards Lebanon, and continued in zodiac speedboats towards the shore, rowing the last few hundred yards in silence. At the beach, Mossad agents waited with three cars to transport them. Dressed as tourists, hippies and women, one group of commandos forced entry via explosives into the targets’ apartments, while another backup team held Lebanese police and PLO reinforcements at bay. Mossad agents extracted the team back to the beach; their mission was complete.


Barak’s unit was also involved in well-known hostage rescue missions: Sabena flight 571 and in planning the Entebbe raid in Uganda. He went on to serve 35 years in the IDF, attaining the rank of Chief of General Staff. In the political arena, he has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.


Barak earned a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and an MS in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University, in California.



  1. Jim Covel on March 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Well, this is in no way an attempt to disparage the record of the IDF’s most decorated soldier, but lets be real. Barak was at best a jr. officer in 1972. He may well have participated in the Beirut raid and in the Sabena operation, but I don’t believe that he participated in the Entebbe raid. Yoni Netanyahu was the unit commander there and I think Dan Shomron was the overall ground commander. Let’s give credit where credit is due. (Yoni was killed at Entebbe and Shomron went on to be Chief of the Gen. Staff as well.)

    • securitygirl on March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Quite right, Ehud has been cited as an “architect” of the Entebbe raid; it seems his participation in it was strategic, not on the ground.

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