By Stephen Spector
"Operation Solomon" used to be some of the most outstanding rescue efforts in smooth background, during which greater than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews have been airlifted to Israel in little greater than an afternoon. during this riveting quantity, Stephen Spector deals the definitive account of this terrific tale, in accordance with over two hundred interviews and unique entry to private records.
Written with the speed and immediacy of a singular, here's the dramatic tale of the rescue of the dark-skinned Jews of Ethiopia. Spector recounts how 20,000 Jews have been willingly lured from their ancestral villages to Addis Ababa, looking ahead to to be taken fast from there to the Holy Land. as an alternative, they turned pawns in a fight among the Israeli govt and Ethiopia's repressive dictator, who attempted to coerce Israel into promoting him guns he wanted in a wasting battle opposed to insurgent armies. within the ensuing stalemate, the Jewish neighborhood was once compelled to stay for almost a yr in squalid hovels, liable to the hazards of town, together with crime and HIV. Worse but, the approaching cave in of Addis Ababa, with the rebels last in at the capital, raised the specter of bloody road scuffling with or perhaps a genocidal assault at the Jews, a small minority in a state that's basically Christian and Muslim. Spector describes the annoying negotiations between Israelis, Ethiopians, and american citizens, which turned more and more pressing as time ran low and the chance fastened. And he highlights the key offers and unexpected setbacks that almost aborted the venture on the 11th hour, while Israeli jets sat at the runway in Ethiopia, ready to take the Jews to the land for which that they had yearned for generations.
Recounting the complete tale for the 1st time, Operation Solomon is a stirring account of a heroic rescue accomplished within the face of daunting odds.