The president of Uganda at the time was Idi Amin Dada, who once had a positive relationship with Israel. But after he was refused a hefty arms deal with the Israelis, he became sour and sided with the Palestinian cause and even converted to Islam. He agreed to allow the airplane to land in Entebbe’s old airport terminal and even came to visit the hostages personally, urging the Israeli and Jewish passengers to encourage the Israeli government to negotiate with the terrorists.
Demands And Threats
The four terrorists who had boarded the plane in Athens were joined by another four hostages on the ground in Entebbe. The “freedom fighters” who represented both the PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) and “Revolutionary Cells” as they called themselves, armed themselves with grenades and rifles, and even wired the entire building where the hostages were with explosives. They then started to make their demands to the Israeli government, which were the following: a $5 million ransom for the release of the airplane, and the release of 53 Pro-Palestinian militant prisoners. The result of not agreeing to their conditions, was to kill all the hostages.