Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave an emotionally charged speech in the  Knesset on Tuesday, during a special meeting marking the 37th anniversary of the  Entebbe raid – in which his brother Yonatan, who led the operation, was  killed.

Netanyahu warned that “the threats we faced 37 years ago  continue, and today I say there is no place the long arm of the State of   cannot reach and will not reach in order to defend the country.”

At the  time of the operation, Netanyahu said, he was studying in the US, and the moment  he heard IDF soldiers had landed in Entebbe, he knew his brother had to be  there, and called his parents.

“This day changed my life and the lives of  my parents and my brother [Ido]. My parents have died since then, but I will  never forget their grief over the fall of their firstborn son,” the prime  minister said.

Netanyahu also recounted attending a ceremony in Uganda  honoring his brother and the others who fell in the Entebbe operation, saying he  does not take it for granted that a foreign country would honor IDF  soldiers.

Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich said Netanyahu must use  ’s “long arm” to bring peace.

“Like it or not, you, Netanyahu, are  our leader. Not every leader faces the same challenges,” she  stated. “Just as we need courage to fight terror, courage and wisdom are  needed to maintain a Jewish and democratic state.”

Yacimovich called on  Netanyahu to show the level of courage displayed in the Entebbe raid to ensure  that does not become a binational state and to fulfill the Zionist  vision.

The Labor leader repeated her promise to offer support to the  prime minister if he begins peace talks, quoting former prime minister Menachem  Begin, who was opposition leader during the Entebbe raid, as having offered  support to thenprime minister and rival Yitzhak Rabin.

MK Omer Bar-Lev  (Labor), who was a commander in the raid, initiated the special Knesset meeting  and asked Netanyahu to initiate a “social and economic Entebbe  operation.”

“Today, when social gaps are widening, when we are at a dead  end in peace negotiations, when the Iranians threaten us, we must renew the  spirit of Entebe, the spirit of Zionism,” Bar-Lev said.

“We seem to have  lost our daring, which allowed Zionism reach where it has over the  years.”

Bar-Lev added that he would expect a country with so many  successes to be able to make diplomatic progress, and that there should be “no  excuses, just action.”

“We are strong! We need brave leadership that is  determined and takes initiative, and will lead us to our goal: a Jewish and  democratic state,” said the MK. “[Netanyahu] has the historic privilege  of being that leader.”

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, who was Yoni  Netanyahu’s deputy in the Entebbe raid, said the operation helped stand  tall.

“We need to have a reason to stand tall today, in every issue with  which we deal. The tests of leadership and action stand today, too,” said  Mofaz. He recalled Yoni Netanyahu as “strong as a rock” and having a decisive  say in the decision to start the operation.

Several other lawmakers spoke  about the Entebbe raid, including MKs Ya’acov Margi (Shas); Shimon Solomon (Yesh  Atid); Yoni Chetboun (Bayit Yehudi), who was named after Yoni  Netanyahu.

MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud Beytenu) said the country cannot give  in to terror and called into question the wisdom of releasing terrorists from  prison in exchange for captives.