The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in its English language edition, has revealed that "The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university that the September 11, 2001 terror attacks had been beneficial for Israel. 'We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,' Ma'ariv quoted the former prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events 'swung American public opinion in our favor.' Netanyahu reportedly made the comments during a conference at Bar-Ilan University."
It would be interesting to learn if and when the Washington Post and The New York Times will be running the story, particularly as Netanyahu is likely to be the next Israeli Prime Minister. It might suggest to some Americans at least that what is good for Israel might not be an enjoyable experience for those on the receiving end, a lesson that the Palestinians have been learning for the past sixty years. It also revives old questions about just what Israel was doing in the United States prior to the attacks, questions that have never been answered and which, in fact, have been subject to a cover up by the Bush Administration and Congress. The Israelis were conducting a massive and completely illegal spying operation in the US directed against Arabs. It included bogus art students and a number of cover companies in New York-New Jersey and Florida. The presence of Israeli employees of a New Jersey moving company celebrating in Liberty Park as the twin towers collapsed suggests that the there was some foreknowledge of what was about to take place, information that was not shared with the US government. If Netanyahu is now stating clearly that the al-Qaeda attack was a good thing for Israel, is it not possible that the politicians then in charge (Ariel Sharon and company) made a similar judgment, letting the 9/11 attack take place because it was "good for Israel?"