Israeli air force hijacks Syrian civilian airliner

Israeli air force hijacks Syrian civilian airliner

Date: Sunday, 12 Dec 1954
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Israel was the first State to use its air force to hijack a civilian airliner. On 12 December 1954, Israeli fighter planes had hijacked a Syrian civilian airliner and forced it to land at Lod Airport, where its passengers were detained for two days. Moshe Sharett, Israel's first Foreign Minister and Prime Minister from 1953 to 1955, called the hijacking an unjustified act of aggression. (Though Prime Minister, Sharet did not have control of the Israeli armed forces, which were actually controlled by David Ben-Gurion and his protege, Moshe Dayan.)

The hijacking was performed in order to force Syria to release five members of the Israeli Defence Force who had been captured a few days before in Syrian territory wire-tapping the telephone network.

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