Situation Critical-Entebbe Hostage Rescue Case Analysis

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1. This question refers to the YouTube video: “Situation Critical-Entebbe Hostage Rescue,” by the National Geographic. a. What decision required to be made in the situation presented in the video? b. In what condition was the decision being made – certainty, uncertainty, risk, or conflict? Briefly explain your choice. c. What kind of analysis would you say was more important in this decision situation, financial and quantitative or non-financial and qualitative analysis? d. In your opinion why was the decision delayed? Was this delay justifiable from a decision making process point of view? Explain briefly.

a. What decision required to be made in the situation presented in the video?

The Israel Government needed to make a decision
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c) There was risk of deterioration of international relations of those who support Israel and those who support Palestine. Kenya would risk the safety of its citizens in Uganda for supporting Israel.
d) Aviation risk as commandos were to travel over 2,000 miles to Uganda for the rescue operation through a territory of unfriendly countries
e) The risk of change of heart by Israel friendly countries for the operation such as Kenya
f) There was risk of the selected expert personnel not living up to th expectation on the D-day.
Conflict
a) The hijackers had the stated objective to free Palestinian and pro-Palestinian militants imprisoned in Israel and prisoners in four other countries in exchange for the hostages yet Israel would not cooperate with
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The Israel Defence Forces took the opportunity to obtain enough information with which any final decision would have valid basis . Mossad was able to build an accurate picture of the whereabouts of the hostages, the number of hijackers, and the involvement of Ugandan troops from the released hostages in Paris.

2. Regarding the terminal where the hostages were Israeli army consulted a large Israeli construction company that had built the terminal where the hostages were held. While planning the military operation the IDF erected a partial replica of the airport terminal with the assistance of civilians who had helped build the original.

3. The army needed the time to understand and verify the act of terrorism with all the conflicting information that it is impossible to see the wood for the trees. This called analysis paralysis, and is also used as a tactic to delay l decision-making, with those involved demanding ever more time and information before they can decide.

4. There were several parties in Israel involved in the decision making the Prime minister, the Cabinet the Army Commanders, international communities etc hence making decisions by committee is difficult everyone has their own views, and their own values. It was important to verify all the views hence a delay was

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