At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, some Palestinian terrorists from a group known as Black September took eleven Israeli athletes and coaches hostage and killed them. When Jim McKay, an ABC sportscaster, got the news, he reported it in a “simple, unadorned way.” “When I was a kid, my father used to say, `Our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized.’ Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were eleven hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight [in a botched rescue attempt]. They’re all gone.” The story is told in a movie entitled “Munich.”
The terrorist attack was an attempt to force Israel to release 234 Palestinian prisoners. “Five of the eight terrorists were killed by police officers during a failed rescue attempt. The three surviving attackers were captured, but later released by West Germany following the hijacking of a Lufthansa airliner. Israel responded to the killers’ release with Operation `Spring of Youth’ and Operation `Wrath of God,’ during which Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and special forces systematically tracked down and killed Palestinians suspected of involvement in the massacre.”
Juval (Yuval) Aviv apparently was in charge of the revenge operations. He is “an Israeli-American security consultant and writer. He may be best known for his work with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and for having conducted the counter-terrorist operations as detailed by George Jonas in his novel, Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team (1984). Since 2003, Aviv has published four books related to security, two of which address notable mysteries. He writes under the nom-de-plume of Sam Green.
“Vengeance was adapted twice as films, which attracted considerable attention to Aviv and his role with Mossad….”
An interesting email is making the rounds about Juval Aviv and his predictions about future but imminent terrorist attacks on the United States. According to snopes.com these claims are not true. Aviv was however probably involved in the revenge attacks as a member of Mossad.
A good history lesson could be learned from watching the movie about the terrorist attack (“Munich”